English Literature Glossary (Shakespeare)

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Antagonist
A character (or force) against which another character struggles
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Aside
Words spoken by a actor directly to the audience, these are not heard by other characters of stage
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Blank verse
Verse without rhyme, that uses iambic pentameter
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Catharsis
The purging of feelings of pity and fear that occur in the audience a tragic play
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Iambic pentameter
A line of a verse with 5 metrical feet. ''De dum de dum...''
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Pathos
A quality of the plays action that stimulates the audience to feel pity for a character
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Patriarchy
a system whee the father (male) is the head of the household
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Protagonist
The main character of a literary works
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Soliloquy
A speech in a play yet I meant to be heard by the audience. Spoken when the character is alone
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Stage direction
An instruction in the text of the play indicating actions, tone of voice, lighting or sound effects.
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Staging
the spectical a play presents in a performance, including position of the characters, props and costumes, lighting and sound effects and sonic background.
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Tragic flaw
A weakness or limitation of a character that results in the fall of the tragic hero
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Tragedy
A type of dram in which the characters experience reversals of fortune usual for the worse
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Tragic hero
A privileged, exalted character of high repute who by virtue of a tragic flaw suffers a fall from glory into suffering.
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Villian
A character whos evil actions/motives are important to the plot.
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Words spoken by a actor directly to the audience, these are not heard by other characters of stage

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Verse without rhyme, that uses iambic pentameter

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The purging of feelings of pity and fear that occur in the audience a tragic play

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A line of a verse with 5 metrical feet. ''De dum de dum...''

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