Glossary of Key Terms for Analysis.
Literary Terms - Specific to Drama
Characterisation - When the playwright describes distinctive characteristics or essential features of certain characters.
Conflict - A source of tension between two characters.
Antagonist - The adversary of the protagonist, or the 'bad guy' in the drama.
Protagonist - The leading character, hero or heroine in a drama.
Climax - The decisive moment in the play, either of maxim intensity or the major turning point.
Staging - the act, process or manner of presenting a play on stage.
Tone - A quality to the speech which expresses meaning or feeling.
Simile - Where two things are compared explicitly, usually with the word 'like'.
Literal Language - Where it is true to fact, not exaggerated.
Dialogue - The conversation between characters in the drama.
Aside - Lines said by actors which are intended for the audience…