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Drama terms

Drama Terms

Fill in the definition and example of each incomplete term.


When a character speaks directly to the audience or privately to another character on stage. During an aside, no one else on stage hears the conversation except the audience and the person who is being spoken to.


  • When a writer places a person or object outside of its realistic time period.

  • Example: Shakespeare lived in the 1500’s.

  • His places contained references to Queen Elizabeth (who also lived in the 1500’s), even though many of his play’s settings took place before the queen was born.


  • Written or spoken conversational language between two or more characters.

Dramatis personae
Dramatis Personae

Pronounced : Dram uh tis Per sone ee

A list of characters preceding the text in a play.

Foil character
Foil Character

  • A character who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to high light particular characteristics in the other character

Drama terms

  • A metrical foot used in different types of poetry.

    An Iamb is a short syllable followed by a long syllable.

    Iambic Pentameter

    Is acommonly used metrical line in traditional verse (blank verse). A line of poetry written in iambic pentameter will have 10 syllables.

    Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!


  • is a figure of speech used in rhetoric in which a thing or concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something intimately associated with that thing or concept.


    Hollywood is a metonym for U.S. cinema

    Langley is a metonym for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency whose head quarters are in this town


  • is a speech presented by a single character, especially one dominating a conversation.

  • It can also be any composition, as a poem, in which a single person speaks alone. They can share their personal ideas but with the intention of giving these thoughts to the audience. (They are not talking to themselves)


  • A rhetorical device in which someone evokes feelings of pity or compassion in their audience. Pathos deals with one emotions.

  • Example:

    Marc Antony uses pathos in his speech to first evoke the feelings of compassion for Caesar. He then uses this emotion to manipulate the crowd.


  • an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character's innermost thoughts)

  • The character is NOT speaking to anyone but himself or herself.

    Example: Hamlet's soliloquy begins with “To be or not to be.”

    Antony: O pardon me thou bleeding piece of earth…

Stage directions
Stage Directions

  • an instruction written into the script of a play, indicating stage actions, movements of performers, or production requirements.

  • usually set off with brackets [ ], parentheses( ), or italics


  • any literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion.

  • (most characters usually die in tragedies)

Tragic flaw
Tragic Flaw

  • the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy

Tragic hero
Tragic Hero

  • a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat: Oedipus, the classic tragic hero.


  • the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.

    Some euphemisms are idioms but not always.


    To pass away – to die

    Croaked – died

    Full figured- overweight

    Lose your lunch- regurgitate (throw up)

Drama terms

  • the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words.


    "A trade, sir, that, I hope, I may use with a safe conscience; which is, indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles." The pun is on soul

Blank verse
Blank Verse

  • (also called unrhymed iambic pentameter) - unrhymed lines of ten syllables each with the even-numbered syllables bearing the accents.

    A form of poetry- Shakespeare uses blank verse to show when someone is speaking in the formal language.

Free verse
Free Verse

  • the ordinary form of spoken and written language whose unit is the sentence, rather than the line as it is in poetry. The term applies to all expressions in language that do not have a regular rhythmic pattern

  • A form of poetry also known as PROSE

  • Shakespeare wrote in prose to show when someone was speaking the common language or slang.


  • The art or study of public speaking.

  • Being able to use language effectively within a speech.

  • Rhetorical Devices:

    Techniques speakers use to influence

    his or her audience.

Rhetorical question
Rhetorical Question

  • a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply.


    Marc Antony- "Does this in Caesar seems ambitious?“

Oratory orator
Oratory (orator)

  • 1. skill or eloquence in public speaking: The evangelist moved thousands to repentance with his oratory.

  • 2. the art of public speaking, especially in a formal and eloquent manner.

    Rhetoric is a synonym for Oratory

More rhetorical devices
More Rhetorical Devices

  • Analogy: a comparison in which the writer/speaker finds points of similarity between two dissimilar things, often extending the idea beyond a single sentence.

  • Example:

    Learning a new language is like being a small child all over again. You find yourself pointing at things, blurting out words, and hoping that someone will understand. Meanwhile, people around you seem to be speaking a mile a minute, laughing with each other, but you have no idea what they’re saying. Frustrated that you can’t express yourself or join in the conversation, you may have the urge to ball up your hands into fists and cry.

False analogy
False Analogy




Two meanings:

Grammatical Meaning

Rhetorical Devices Meaning


  • Grammatical Meaning:

    Similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses. Also called parallel structure.

    Example of correct parallelism:

    She is washing the dishes, going to the store, and buying groceries.

    Example of non-parallel structure:

    She is going to wash the dishes, going to the store, and to buy groceries.


  • Rhetorical Devices meaning:

    Figure of balance identified by a similarity in the syntactical structure of a set of words in successive phrases, clauses, sentences; successive words, phrases, clauses with the same or very similar grammatical structure.


    "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

    -- John F. Kennedy,Inaugural Address

More examples of parallelism
More Examples of Parallelism

"We have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers, working past exhaustion.  We've seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers -- in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.“ George W. Bush, 9-20-01 Address to the Nation on Terrorism

"We have petitioned and our petitions have been scorned. We have entreated and our entreaties have been disregarded. We have begged and they have mocked when our calamity came. We beg no longer. We entreat no more. We petition no more. We defy them."-- William Jennings Bryan


Repeating the same words over and over for dramatic or emotional effect.

“Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we’re free at last!” – MLK Jr.

“For Brutus is an honorable man;

So are they all, all honorable men”

– Marc Antony


Reference to anything historical, biblical, cultural, literary, mythological, etc..


  • An extreme exaggeration

    “ I’ve heard that excuse a million times.”


Pronounced: Ly tu tees

A deliberate understatement used for emphasis


“We had a nice little snack of roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, several side salads, and a choice of about a dozen desserts.”

Example 2: "Einstein is not a bad mathematician"

Metaphors and similes
Metaphors and Similes

Metaphor : Her hair was a waterfall flowing down her shoulders.

Simile: Her hair looked like a waterfall flowing down her shoulders.


  • A generalization that allows a reader to quickly identify a character with a group

    “During the Cold War, a Russian was an enemy.”

Practice rhetorical devices
Practice Rhetorical Devices

EOC Purple Book

Pages 267-269