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Glossary of English Comp II (MGCCC)

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CLIMAX
The point of highest dramatic interest
CONFLICT
The struggle; opposition of forces
DENOUEMENT
The solving of problems, after the climax
EXPOSITION
The presentation of background information
FORESHADOWING
A hint of coming disaster
RISING ACTION
Complications leading to the turning point
THEME
The play's message or abstract concept
TURNING POINT
The turning point where the protagonist makes a key decision
CATHARSIS
An emotional purgation
DRAMATIC IRONY
Awareness of the hero's unawareness
HUMARTIA
Any tragic flaw
HUBRIS
Insolent pride
TRAGEDY
A play depicting the downfall of the hero
UNITIES
Singleness of time, place and action
COMEDY
Amuses and has a happy ending
COMEDY OF HUMORS
Has characters that pesonify a trait
COMEDY OF MANNERS
Satirizes the behavior of society (restoration)
FARCE
Consists of wild comedy and slapstick
THEATER OF THE ABSURD
Reflects life's meaninglessness
TRAGIC COMEDY
Contains tragic and comic elements
DRAMATIS PERSONAE
Characters of the drama
DRAMATURGY
The writing or producing of plays
EXPRESSIONISM
A drama that is distorted to reflect a reality
LEGITIMATE THEATER
Live, serious stage drama
PROBLEM PLAY
Drama that deals with social issues
REPERTORY THEATER
A company that alternates its play offerings
CLOSET DRAMA
Drama for reading only
MASQUE
An elaborate pageant play
MORALITY PLAY
A medieval allegorical play
MYSTERY PLAY
A medieval Biblical play
PASTORAL
A play about shepards
VAUDEVILLE
A variety show
CONFIDANT
A friend in whom the hero confides
MELODRAMA
A play with suspense, thrills, and incredible action
POETIC JUSTICE
The rewarding of characters according to deserts
REPARTEE
Quick, witty dialogue in a comedy
SOLILOQUY
Speaking alone or talking to ones self
STOCK CHARACTER
A much-used character type
STOCK SITUATION
A stereotyped plot element
HISTORIONICS
Affected acting
THESPIAN
An actor or tragedian
INGENUE
The innocent, trusting young woman
RAISONNEUR
The reasonable character who speaks for the author
STANISLAVSKI METHOD
Acting from remembered emotion
CHOREOGRAPHY
Creating of dances and ballet
CHORUS
Commentators on the play action
PROCENIUM
The front of the stage
DEUS EX MACHINE
A trick to resolve the plot
PROPERTIES
Stage funiture and articles
CONVENTION
An unrealistic but accepted play device, like poetic dialogue

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