Elements of Drama

Natalie Fitterman
Flashcards by Natalie Fitterman, updated more than 1 year ago
Natalie Fitterman
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Standard Focus: Elements of Drama. While studying Shakespeare or any play, it is important to learn these terms

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Tragic hero A protagonist with a fatal flaw that eventually leads to his demise (death)
Tragedy A serious work of drama in which the hero suffers catastrophe or serious misfortune, usually because of his own actions
scene A division of an act into smaller parts
Soliloquy Thoughts spoken aloud by a character when he/she is alone, or thinks he/she is alone
Stage Directions Italicized comments that identify parts of the setting or the use of props or costumes, give further information; in Shakespeare's plays, stage directions can also appear in brackets, parenthesis, and/or half brackets.
Foil A character who is nearly opposite of another character; the purpose of a foil (a.k.a. Character Foil) is to reveal a stark contrast between the two characters, often the protagonist and the antagonist
Act A division within a play, much like chapters of a novel
Aside Lines that are spoken by a character directly to the audience
Chorus A person or group of people who act as a narrator, commentator, or general audience to the action of the play
Comedy A humorous work of drama
Monologue A long speech spoken by a character to himself, another character, or to the audience
Drama A work of literature designed to be performed in front of an audience
Dialogue Conversation between two or more characters
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