: in Aristotle’s terms the cleansing emotional effect achieved by drama as a result of the audience’s emotional involvement in the plot andthe feelings of the characters in the play.
: rhyme pattern
aba bcb cdc
: the agents in narrative, narrative poetry or drama.
: from the shape of the Greek letter ‘chi’ (X); sequence of twophrases or clauses which are parallel in syntax but reverse the order of thecorresponding words (a-b, b-a).
: a group of people situated on stage and commenting throughoutthe play on events and the characters’ actions.
climax / gradatio
(Greek for “ladder”): arrangement of words, phrases, orclauses in an order of ascending power.
: a critical practice which closely investigates the compositionof texts with regard to their unifying principles.
closed structure/ form
: the individual acts of a play are tightly connectedand logically built on one another, finally leading to a clear resolution of theplot.
: a dramatic work in which the materials are selected and managedprimarily in order to amuse the audience and make it laugh; the ending is by convention good and resolves previous problems, sub-categories of comedy are, for instance, the comedy of manners, the comedy of humours, romanticcomedy or satiric comedy.
: a narrative mode where the narrator explicitly or implicitly evaluates events or characters in the story.
: a model developed by the linguist and criticRoman Jakobson which describes literary communication as a processinvolving six elements: sender, message, receiver, channel (or contact),context and code.
: a close friend of the protagonist in whom he/she can confideand thus disclose his/her innermost thoughts.
: the sequential presentation of different characters togetheron stage.
: two or more consonants are repeated, but the adjacent vowelsdiffer.
: overall structure of the groups of characters within a play ora narrative.
: sequence of the same rhymes:
: a unit of two lines of verse, usually linked by rhyme.
covert narrative situation
: a narrative situation where the personality of the narrator is hardly noticeable (oppositie: overt narrative situation).
: a poststructuralist approach to literature which owes itsdevelopment to the writings of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
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