Shakespeare Unit

Term Definition
Blank Verse unrymed iambic pentameter
iambic Pentameter Poetry containing 10 syllables per line stressed/unstressed,stressed/unstressed
Soliloquy lines in a play in which a character speaks alone on stage,reveling thoughts to the audience
Tragedy A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness
Tragic Hero the main character or hero in a story whose own actions cause his or her downfall
Pun An expression utilizing a play on words often meant to be humorous
Metaphor a comparison between two unlike things without using like or as
Simile a comparison between two unlike things using like or as
Personification attribution of human qualities to non human things
Dramatic Irony The audience or reader knows more about a characters situation than the character does and knows that the characters
Situational Irony a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended
Verbal Irony when a person says or writes one thing and means another, or uses words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literral
Anachroism the misplacing of a person,object or situation outside of his historical time; in Julius Ceasar, the clock
Allusion A reference to a mythological,logical, or historical person,place or thing

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