shakespeare unit

Term Definition
blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
iambic pentameter poetry containing 10 syllables per line—stressed/unstresses
soliloquy lines in a play in which a character speaks while alone stage , revealing thoughts to audience
tragedy a drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a 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 be humorous
Metaphor a comparison between two unlike things for the purpose of description
Simile a comparison between two unalike things using the words like or as for the purpose of description
Personification the attribution of human qualities to non-human things
Dramatic Irony the audience or reader knows more about a character's situation than the character does and knows that the character understanding is incorrect
Situational Irony a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended
Verbal Irony when a person say or writes one thing and means another, or uses words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of literal
Anachronism the misplacing of person, object, or situation outside of its correct historical time; in Julius Caesar , the clock
Allusion A reference to a mythological , literary , or historical person,place, or thing

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