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Drama Vocabulary
Foil
• Two contrasting characters placed in the same
play
Monologue
• Long speech by one character to another
character on stage
Soliloquy
• A speech by a character alone on stage
Dramatic Irony
• Audience knows something the characters
don’t
Aside
• One or two lines spoken to the audience
• Comic Relief: A humorous scene, incident, or
speech that relieves the overall emotional
intensity in the play. Comic rel...
• Blank Verse: Unrhymed lines of iambic
pentameter. Shakespeare wrote all of his
plays in blank verse.
– Typically the pre...
Example of Blank Verse
~ / ~ / ~ / ~ / ~ /
But soft.|What light| through yon|der win|dow
breaks?
~ / ~ / ~ / ~~ / ~ /
It i...
Elements of Shakespearean Tragedy
• Tragedy depicts the downfall of a noble hero
or heroine, typically royalty, usually th...
Pun
• Play on words
Allusion
• Reference to something outside of the play;
usually another work of literature
Oxymoron
• Two opposite words placed next to each other
Foreshadowing
• Hint of things to come
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Drama vocabulary

  1. 1. Drama Vocabulary
  2. 2. Foil • Two contrasting characters placed in the same play
  3. 3. Monologue • Long speech by one character to another character on stage
  4. 4. Soliloquy • A speech by a character alone on stage
  5. 5. Dramatic Irony • Audience knows something the characters don’t
  6. 6. Aside • One or two lines spoken to the audience
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 11. Pun • Play on words
  12. 12. Allusion • Reference to something outside of the play; usually another work of literature
  13. 13. Oxymoron • Two opposite words placed next to each other
  14. 14. Foreshadowing • Hint of things to come

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