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  1. HamletElements of Tragedy Literary Terms

  2. Aside • Private words that a character in a play speaks to the audience or another character onstage.

  3. foil • A character who sets off another character by strong contrast.

  4. soliloquy • A speech in which a character stands alone onstage and expresses his or her private thoughts or feelings.

  5. Theme • The central idea or insight of a work of literature.

  6. Tragic hero • A noble character whose tragic flaw leads to his downfall.

  7. Antagonist • The character or forces which opposes the protagonist (main character).

  8. In Medias Res • The technique of starting a story in the middle and then using flashback to tell what happened earlier.

  9. Imagery • Language which appeals to the senses.

  10. Irony • A contrast or discrepancy between expectation and reality.

  11. Metaphor • A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things without using like or as.