The overall feeling of a work, related to tone and mood. This is often defined by setting as well. Example: The bad weather on the island before the boys kill Simon sets a tense __________. B 300 Q
C 300 Q A story in which the characters represent abstract qualities or ideas. Example: The story of the boys on the island reflects the larger world. Specific characters reflect specific people/types of people in the real world.
Any emotional discharge which brings about a moral or spiritual renewal or welcome relief from tension and anxiety. The usual intent is for an audience to leave feeling this relief from tension or anxiety after having viewed a play. C 500 Q
Form of discourse that explains, defines, and interprets. The word is also applied to the beginning portion of a plot in which background information about the characters and situation is set forth E 400 Q
A humorous scene, incident, or remark occurring in the midst of a serious or tragic literary selection and deliberately designed to relieve emotional intensity and simultaneously to heighten, increase, and highlight the seriousness or tragedy of the action. F 300 Q
A literary genre depicting serious actions that usually have a disastrous outcome for the protagonist. Strictly speaking, the term applies only to drama, but it is now also used for novels. F 500 Q
A play on words or the humorous use of a word emphasizing a different meaning or application. They have been called by some “the lowest form of humor.” Example: Mercutio as he is dying in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet : “Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man.” B 2000 Q
A lyric poem of 14 lines, usually in iambic pentameter, with rhymes arranged according to certain definite patterns. It usually expresses a single, complete thought, idea, or sentiment. There are three different forms: Petrarchan Shakespearean, and Miltonic. D 4000 Q