Glossary of Unit 11 Literature Flaschards
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- A reference to a work of art, music, literature, or a famous person from history.
- antecedent action
- Events that take place before the story starts.
- blank verse
- Verse written in iambic pentameter, but without rhyme.
- Purging or cleansing (release) of emotions.
- comic foil
- A humorous character who, by contrast, helps the audience recognize the distinctive qualities of another character (often the tragic hero).
- The parts of a theatrical script that actors speak aloud on stage.
- dramatic irony
- When there's a difference between what a character thinks to be true and what the audience knows to be true.
- Freytag's pyramid
- A diagram describing plot.
- Miscalculation. Aristotle referred to it as the tendency for a tragic hero to make a serious error in judgment.
- iambic pentameter
- A ten syllable line of poetry consisting of five pairs of syllables known as iambs. Each pair of syllables has the accent on the second syllable.
- stage directions
- Instructions in a script regarding the set, lighting, positioning of the actors onstage, costumes, music, and other elements related to a play's performance.
- A serious literary work (especially a drama) that presents the downfall of its protagonist.
- tragic flaw
- The error, misstep, frailty, or flaw that causes the downfall of a tragic hero.
- tragic hero
- A person neither entirely good nor entirely evil, who is led by some tragic flaw to commit an act that results in suffering and utter defeat.
- Adding to.
- Remove, cast aside.
- Executed with painstaking attention to detail.
- A fight.
- Worship, admiration.
- Causing harm.
- Needlessly heavy, sad.
- Rude, aggressive people.
- The quality of being the best or strongest.
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