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  • 1. Drama Vocabulary
  • 2. Foil • Two contrasting characters placed in the same play
  • 3. Monologue • Long speech by one character to another character on stage
  • 4. Soliloquy • A speech by a character alone on stage
  • 5. Dramatic Irony • Audience knows something the characters don’t
  • 6. Aside • One or two lines spoken to the audience
  • 7. • Comic Relief: A humorous scene, incident, or speech that relieves the overall emotional intensity in the play. Comic relief helps the audience absorb the tragic events in the plot of a play.
  • 8. • Blank Verse: Unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter. Shakespeare wrote all of his plays in blank verse. – Typically the presence of a character speaking in iambic pentameter indicates that the character is an aristocrat (upper class). Lower class characters speak in prose.
  • 9. Example of Blank Verse ~ / ~ / ~ / ~ / ~ / But soft.|What light| through yon|der win|dow breaks? ~ / ~ / ~ / ~~ / ~ / It is| the east|, and Jul|iet is |the sun!
  • 10. Elements of Shakespearean Tragedy • Tragedy depicts the downfall of a noble hero or heroine, typically royalty, usually through some combination of hubris (pride), fate, and the will of the gods. • The tragic hero should have a flaw and/or make some mistake (hamartia). • The hero must undergo a change in fortune, typically death, as a result of his flaw.
  • 11. Pun • Play on words
  • 12. Allusion • Reference to something outside of the play; usually another work of literature
  • 13. Oxymoron • Two opposite words placed next to each other
  • 14. Foreshadowing • Hint of things to come