Drama Key Terms

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Aside
Words spoken by an actor directly to the audience, which are not "heard" by other characters on stage during a play.
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Character
An imaginary person that inhabits a literary work. Literary characters may be major or minor, static (unchanging) or dynamic (capable of change).
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Comic Relief
The use of a comic scene to interrupt a succession of intensely tragic dramatic moments. The comedy of scenes offering comic relief typically parallels the tragic action that the scenes interrupt.
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Conflict
A struggle between opposing forces in a story or play, usually resolved by the end of the work. The conflict may occur within a character as well as between characters.
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Dialogue
The conversation of characters in a literary work.
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Dramatic Monologue
A type of poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener.
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Irony
A contrast or discrepancy between what is said and what is meant or between what happens and what is expected to happen in life and in literature.
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Verbal Irony
Characters say the opposite of what they mean.
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Irony of Circumstance or Situation
The opposite of what is expected occurs
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Dramatic Irony
A character speaks in ignorance of a situation or event known to the audience or to the other characters.
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Monologue
A speech by a single character without another character's response.
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Narrator
The voice and implied speaker of a fictional work, to be distinguished from the actual living author.
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Protagonist
The main character of a literary work.
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Satire
A literary work that criticizes human misconduct and ridicules vices, stupidities, and follies.
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Soliloquy
A speech in a play that is meant to be heard by the audience but not by other characters on the stage. If there are no other characters present, the soliloquy represents the character thinking aloud.
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Stage Direction
A playwright's descriptive or interpretive comments that provide readers (and actors) with information about the dialogue, setting, and action of a play.
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Staging
The spectacle a play presents in performance, including the position of actors on stage, the scenic background, the props and costumes, and the lighting and sound effects.
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An imaginary person that inhabits a literary work. Literary characters may be major or minor, static (unchanging) or dynamic (capable of change).

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Character

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The use of a comic scene to interrupt a succession of intensely tragic dramatic moments. The comedy of scenes offering comic relief typically parallels the tragic action that the scenes interrupt.

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A struggle between opposing forces in a story or play, usually resolved by the end of the work. The conflict may occur within a character as well as between characters.

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The conversation of characters in a literary work.

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