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Drama Terms


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Drama Terms

  1. 1. Drama Terms<br />Romeo and Juliet<br />By Erin Salona<br />
  2. 2. Definition<br />A play that ends happily <br />
  3. 3. Term<br />Comedy <br />
  4. 4. Definition<br />A play that ends unhappily <br />
  5. 5. Term<br />Tragedy <br />
  6. 6. Definition<br />A dramatic work based on an actual historical event or person– a combination of fiction and nonfiction <br />
  7. 7. Term<br />History<br />
  8. 8. Definition<br />The final revelation or outcome of a tragedy<br />
  9. 9. Term<br />Catastrophe <br />
  10. 10. Definition<br />The main character in a Shakespearean tragedy.<br />Is nobly born and has great influence in his or her own society.<br />Has one of more serious character flaws which lead to his downfall. <br />
  11. 11. Term<br />Tragic Hero<br />
  12. 12. Definition<br />Subdivision of a play<br />
  13. 13. Term<br />Act<br />
  14. 14. Definition<br />Further subdivision of an act<br />
  15. 15. Term<br />Scene<br />
  16. 16. Definition<br />A person whose function it is to communicate words and emotions to an audience; he or she assumes the personality of the character <br />
  17. 17. Term<br />Actor or Actress<br />
  18. 18. Definition<br />Those who view the play and should be responsive to the action and the feeling or mood portrayed as the actors lead them into the play <br />
  19. 19. Term<br />Audience <br />
  20. 20. Definition<br />The hero or leading character with whom the audience sympathizes <br />
  21. 21. Term<br />Protagonist <br />
  22. 22. Definition<br />The character who opposes or competes with the protagonist <br />
  23. 23. Term<br />Antagonist <br />''I'm all about empowerment. I empower my Cheerios to live in a state of constant fear by creating an environment of irrational, random terror.''<br />
  24. 24. Definition<br />A character whose qualities contrast with those of another character. A writer might use a foil to emphasize or de-emphasize another character’s traits. <br />
  25. 25. Term<br />Foil <br />The businessman’s foil; makes him look more attractive in comparison<br />
  26. 26. Definition<br />All of the stage furnishings, objects, etc. <br />
  27. 27. Term<br />Props <br />
  28. 28. Definition<br />A character’s remark, either to the audience or to another character that others on stage are not supposed to hear. Its purpose is to reveal the character’s private thoughts. <br />
  29. 29. Term<br />Aside <br />
  30. 30. Definition<br />A single person speaking alone– with or without an audience. <br />
  31. 31. Term<br />Monologue <br />
  32. 32. Definition<br />A speech that a character gives when he or she is alone on stage. Its purpose is to let the audience know what the character is thinking. This is a type of monologue. <br />
  33. 33. Term<br />Soliloquy<br />
  34. 34. DEFINITION<br />A joke that comes from a play on words. <br />Examples: A prisoner's favorite punctuation mark is the period. It marks the end of his sentence.<br />When William joined the army he disliked the phrase 'fire at will'.<br />
  35. 35. More examples<br />There was a sign on the lawn at a drug <br /> re-hab center that said 'Keep off the Grass'.<br />A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two-tired.<br />I decided that becoming a vegetarian was a missed steak.<br />Two peanuts were walking in a tough neighborhood and one of them was a-salted.<br />A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.<br />
  36. 36. TERM<br />Pun <br />
  37. 37. Definition<br />Left of the stage from the actor’s point of view. <br />
  38. 38. Term<br />Stage Left<br />
  39. 39. Definition<br />Right of the stage from the actor’s point of view.<br />
  40. 40. Term<br />Stage Right<br />
  41. 41. Definition<br />Area of the stage closest to the footlights and audience<br />
  42. 42. Term<br />Downstage<br />
  43. 43. Definition<br />Area of the stage farthest away from the footlights and the audience <br />
  44. 44. Term<br />Upstage <br />
  45. 45. Study for your Drama Terms & Shakespeare Background Quiz <br />This Wednesday (blue)/ Thursday (gold)<br />Review pages 1-3 in your Romeo & Juliet study packet<br />Quia games available from my website<br />