Flashcards - Dramatic Literature

Flashcards - Dramatic Literature
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Aristotle
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece
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plot
Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of cause and effect
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internal conflict
An internal conflict is the struggle occurring within a character's mind
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asides
An aside is a dramatic device in which a character speaks to the audience
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Renaissance
The Renaissance is a period in European history, from the 14th to the 17th century, regarded as the cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history
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melodrama
A melodrama is a dramatic or literary work in which the plot, which is typically sensational and designed to appeal strongly to the emotions, takes precedence over detailed characterisation
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chorus
A chorus , in the context of Ancient Greek tragedy, comedy, and satyr plays, is a homogeneous, non-individualised group of performers, who comment with a collective voice on the dramatic action
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prose
Prose is a form of language that exhibits a grammatical structure and a natural flow of speech, rather than a rhythmic structure as in traditional poetry
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morality plays
The morality play is a genre of Medieval and early Tudor theatrical entertainment
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genre
Genre is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria
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allegory
As a literary device, an allegory in its most general sense is an extended metaphor
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allegory
As a literary device, an allegory in its most general sense is an extended metaphor
genre
Genre is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria
morality plays
The morality play is a genre of Medieval and early Tudor theatrical entertainment
prose
Prose is a form of language that exhibits a grammatical structure and a natural flow of speech, rather than a rhythmic structure as in traditional poetry
chorus
A chorus , in the context of Ancient Greek tragedy, comedy, and satyr plays, is a homogeneous, non-individualised group of performers, who comment with a collective voice on the dramatic action
melodrama
A melodrama is a dramatic or literary work in which the plot, which is typically sensational and designed to appeal strongly to the emotions, takes precedence over detailed characterisation
Renaissance
The Renaissance is a period in European history, from the 14th to the 17th century, regarded as the cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history
asides
An aside is a dramatic device in which a character speaks to the audience
internal conflict
An internal conflict is the struggle occurring within a character's mind
plot
Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of cause and effect
Aristotle
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece
catharsis
Catharsis is the purification and purgation of emotions-especially pity and fear-through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration
tragedy
Tragedy is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in audiences
Expressionism
Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century
Theatre of Cruelty
The Theatre of Cruelty is a form of theatre developed by avant-garde playwright, actor, essayist, and theorist, Antonin Artaud, in The Theatre and its Double
base characters

In a farce, the base characters refer to someone who is ignorant or of a low social class.

Dramatic comedies
Comedy-drama, occasionally known as dramedy , is a subgenre in contemporary forms of tragicomedy, especially in television, that combines elements of comedy and drama
farce
In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable
tragic hero
A tragic hero is the protagonist of a tragedy in Drama
stock characters
A stock character is a stereotypical person whom audiences readily recognize from frequent recurrences in a particular literary tradition
dialogue
Dialogue is a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people, and a literary and theatrical form that depicts such an exchange
minor characters

In a dramatic work, the minor or less important characters help to create the mood or the general feeling that the audience has as they watch the play.

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