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R and J Essential Vocab

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Romeo and Juliet Essential Vocabulary

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Concept/Vocabulary WordDefinition
Blank verse, iambic pentameter, couplet

blank verse - unrhymed iambic pentameter

iambic pentameter - a meter in which the majority of feet are iambs; the most common English meter

couplet - two successive lines, usually in the same meter, linked by rhyme

Dialogue, monologue, soliloquy

dialogue - the conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

monologue - a speech by a single character in a play without another character's response

soliloquy - a speech in which a character, alone on stage, addresses himself/herself; the character is "thinking out loud" as a dramatic means of letting the audience know a character's thoughts and feelings

English Renaissance

cultural and artistic movement in England beginning in the late 15th and early 16th centuries to the early 17th century

Tragedy, tragic hero, tragic flaw

tragedy - A type of drama that shows the downfall or destruction of a noble or outstanding person, typically one who possesses a tragic flaw 

tragic hero - The protagonist of a tragedy who is caught in a sequence of events that inevitably results in disaster

tragic flaw - the character flaw or error of the tragic hero that leads to his downfall


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