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HUBRIS
Excessive pride from a character
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TRAGIC FLAW
The protagonist in a tragedy has a character defect which brings about their downfall
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TRAGIC PROTAGONIST
The most important character, usaully a person with high status
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HAMARTIA
The error in judgement committed by the protagonist that sets his reversal of fortune in motion
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PERIPETEIA
The reversal of fortune experienced by the tragic protagonist
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ANAGNORISIS
The purging of the emotions experiences by the audience when watching a tragedy
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UNITY OF TIME
Limiting the action of the play so that it takes play on a single day
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REALISM
A movement in drama to represent life in as realistic way as possible. Driven by a dersire to exlplore the details of everyday life, including the ways people think, behave and expresss themselves
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DOMESTIC TRAGEDY
Refers to drama set in a household. No ambitious theme.
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MODERN
Plays written in the late 19-20th century
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REDEMPTION
Making up for one's faults, or being saved for the consequences of one's earlier actions. Usually not seen in tagedies
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INEVITABILITY
Refers to the events that cannot be prevented. They are certain to happen.
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SIGNIFIERS
Signs of symbols used in dramatic texts as pointers to the direction of the drama and its meanings.
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PREDICTIVE
Allowing the audience to predict what will happen to the characters, Signifiers used to "set up" the circumstances of the drama
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CATHARSIS
Purification of the mind and the body brought about by the release of emotions
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IRONY
Saying something in such a way to covey adifferent meaning, usually the opposite
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