Theatrical Terminology

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1. Kinesics

  • Implied meaning beneath the dialogue
  • Gestures/movements of actors - sometimes indicated through stage directions
  • Body positioning of characters (indicated through stage directions)
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2. Exposition

  • The moment when the play actually begins
  • The back story
  • The part of the plot containing complications or discoveries that create conflict

3. Point of attack

  • The final resolution of the conflict in the plot
  • The moment when the play actually begins
  • The back story

4. Catharsis

  • Excessive pride or self-confidence
  • Evoking pity, fear/moral purpose to make the audience strive to live better lives
  • An appeal to the audience's emotions

5. Rising action

  • the part of the plot containing complications or discoveries that create conflict
  • The moment when the play actually begins
  • The final resolution of the conflict in the plot

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