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<ul><li><p>Dramatic Terms-Hamlet </p></li><li><p>Character Terms 1. Tragic hero- a character, usually of high </p><p>status, who suffers a downfall as a result of a fatal character flaw, errors in judgment, or forces beyond human control. </p><p>2. Foil- a minor character whose attitudes, beliefs, and behavior differ significantly from those of a main character. serves 2 purposes: a. highlights flaws of the main character b. suggests what the main character might </p><p> have been like without the flaws. </p></li><li><p>Speeches 3. Aside- a comment that is directed to the </p><p>audience and that the other characters on the stage are not supposed to hear. </p><p>4. Monologue- a long speech by a character that is spoken while others are on the stage. </p><p>5. Soliloquy- talking to yourself speech made alone on stage that reveals private thoughts, motives, and intentions. </p></li><li><p>Literary Elements/Style Devices 6. Pun- words or phrases used to suggest two or </p><p>more meanings at the same time. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was </p><p>cited for littering. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: </p><p>'Keep off the Grass.' 7. </p><p>Blank verse- the majority of Hamlet is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Shakespeare varied most of his lines to avoid a sing-song and monotonous rhythm and at times to create a specific effect. </p></li><li><p>8. Paradox- a statement which seems untrue or self-contradictory, but which reveals a kind of truth. (Ex. They have ears but hear not.) </p><p> 9. Stichomythia- repetition in quick </p><p>exchanges of dialogue. </p></li><li><p>Effects of Stichomythia (Why is it used?) </p><p>n To create comedy n To create confusion (trying to clarify </p><p>information) n To illustrate an argument that is a result </p><p>of aggravation and frustration </p></li></ul>

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