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Mr. Scott's Midterm Vocabulary

Fall Semester Exam Review Terms.

There are a total of 49 terms because dynamic characters and static characters are different.

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dramatic irony
(n) Irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play.
(n) A person or thing that makes another seem better by contrast
(n) Also called storyline. the plan, scheme, or main story of a literary or dramatic work, as a play, novel, or short story.
(n) Excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
(n) An utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character's innermost thoughts): Hamlet's _______ begins with "To be or not to be."
(n) A person represented in a drama, story, etc; a part or role, as in a play or film.
(n) A dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction.
(n) The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall (tragic fall)
(n) A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life
(n) an ode or series of odes sung by a group of actors in ancient Greek drama.
(n) group of syllables constituting a metrical unit of a verse.
tragic hero
(n) A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
(n) An obvious and intentional exaggeration; an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as "to wait an eternity."
(n) A figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in "she is like a rose"
(n) The use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas.
(n) Technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated
(n) Emphasis in the form of prominent relative loudness of a syllable or a word as a result of special effort in utterance; emphasis in melody, rhythm, etc.; beat.
(n) The highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something; culmination; in a dramatic or literary work) a decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot.
(n) A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience; A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.
(n) Poetic measure; arrangement of words in regularly measured, patterned, or rhythmic lines or verses; a particular form of such arrangement, depending on either the kind or the number of feet constituting the verse or both rhythmic kind and number of feet (usually used in combination)
(n) A harsh or bitter derision or irony; a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark.
(n) A group of eight lines of verse, esp. the first eight lines of a sonnet in the Italian form
approximate rhyme
(n) A term used for words in a rhyming pattern that have some kind of sound correspondence but are not perfect rhymes. _________ (aka imperfect, near, slant or oblique rhyme) occur occasionally in patterns where most of the rhymes are perfect, and sometimes are used systematically in place of perfect rhyme.
comic relief
(n) An amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action.
(n) Something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign.
(n) A line of verse consisting of five metrical feet
(n) The last six lines of a sonnet in the Italian form, considered as a unit; A group of six lines of poetry, especially the last six lines of a Petrarchan sonnet.
English sonnet
(n) The sonnet form used by Shakespeare, composed of three quatrains and a terminal couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg
(n) The commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound
iambic meter
(n) Refers to a line consisting of five iambic feet
(v) To present an indication or a suggestion of beforehand; presage.
(n) The locale or period in which the action of a novel, play, film, etc., takes place; stage set. the scenery and other properties used in a dramatic performance.
Italian sonnet
(n) A sonnet containing an octave with the rhyme pattern abbaabba and a sestet of various rhyme patterns such as cdecde or cdcdcd.( Also called a Petrarchan sonnet.)
(n) A literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight; sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something
(n) A subject of discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; a unifying or dominant idea
static character
(n) A literary character who remains basically unchanged throughout a work
(n) Identity in sound of some part, esp. the end, of words or lines of verse;a word agreeing with another in terminal sound
blank verse
(n) An unrhymed verse, esp. the unrhymed iambic pentameter most frequently used in English dramatic, epic, and reflective verse.
trochaic meter
(n) A front stressed two-syllable meter.
tragic flaw/ tragic mistake
(n) The character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia.
(n) A piece of dialogue intended for the audience and supposedly not heard by the other actors on stage.
(n) The attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions, esp. as a rhetorical figure
(n) A poem, properly expressive of a single, complete thought, idea, or sentiment, of 14 lines, usually in iambic pentameter, with rhymes arranged according to one of certain definite schemes, being in the strict or Italian form divided into a major group of 8 lines (the octave) followed by a minor group of 6 lines (the sestet), and in a common English form into 3 quatrains followed by a couplet.
(n) A pair of successive lines of verse, esp. a pair that rhyme and are of the same length.
figurative language
(n) A Speech or writing that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect or meaning, speech or writing employing figures of speech
dynamic character
(n) In literature or drama, a character who undergoes a permanent change in outlook or character during the story; also called (developing character)
rhyme scheme
(n) The pattern of rhymes used in a poem, usually marked by letters to symbolize correspondences, as rhyme royal, ababbcc.
(n) A passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication
(n) A figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in "A mighty fortress is our God."

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