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Drama Terms. Romeo and Juliet. Ms. Christoph. Definition. A play that ends happily . Term. Comedy . Definition. A play that ends unhappily . Term. Tragedy . Definition. A dramatic work based on an actual historical event or person– a combination of fiction and nonfiction . Term.

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drama terms

Drama Terms

Romeo and Juliet

Ms. Christoph

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Definition
  • A play that ends happily
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Term
  • Comedy
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  • A play that ends unhappily
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  • Tragedy
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Definition
  • A dramatic work based on an actual historical event or person– a combination of fiction and nonfiction
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  • History
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  • The final revelation or outcome of a tragedy
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  • Catastrophe
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  • The main character in a Shakespearean tragedy.
  • Is nobly born and has great influence in his or her own society.
  • Has one of more serious character flaws which lead to his downfall.
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  • Tragic Hero
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  • Subdivision of a play
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  • Act
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  • Further subdivision of an act
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  • Scene
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  • A person whose function it is to communicate words and emotions to an audience; he or she assumes the personality of the character
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  • Actor or Actress
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  • Those who view the play and should be responsive to the action and the feeling or mood portrayed as the actors lead them into the play
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  • Audience
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  • The hero or leading character with whom the audience sympathizes
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  • Protagonist
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  • The character who opposes or competes with the protagonist
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  • Antagonist

''I'm all about empowerment. I empower my Cheerios to live in a state of constant fear by creating an environment of irrational, random terror.''

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  • A character whose qualities contrast with those of another character. A writer might use a foil to emphasize or de-emphasize another character’s traits.
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  • Foil

The businessman’s foil; makes him look more attractive in comparison

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  • All of the stage furnishings, objects, etc.
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  • Props
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  • A character’s remark, either to the audience or to another character that others on stage are not supposed to hear. Its purpose is to reveal the character’s private thoughts.
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  • Aside
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  • A single person speaking alone– with or without an audience.
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  • Monologue
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  • A speech that a character gives when he or she is alone on stage. Its purpose is to let the audience know what the character is thinking. This is a type of monologue.
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  • Soliloquy
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  • A joke that comes from a play on words.
  • Examples: A prisoner's favorite punctuation mark is the period. It marks the end of his sentence.
  • When William joined the army he disliked the phrase 'fire at will'.
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More examples
  • There was a sign on the lawn at a drug

re-hab center that said 'Keep off the Grass'.

  • A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two-tired.
  • I decided that becoming a vegetarian was a missed steak.
  • Two peanuts were walking in a tough neighborhood and one of them was a-salted.
  • A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
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  • Pun
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  • Left of the stage from the actor’s point of view.
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  • Stage Left
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  • Right of the stage from the actor’s point of view.
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  • Stage Right
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  • Area of the stage closest to the footlights and audience
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  • Downstage
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  • Area of the stage farthest away from the footlights and the audience
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  • Upstage