Aside: When an actor is on stage, turns to the audience and makes a statement or asks a question.
Comic Relief: When the author "lightens up" a scene directly after an emotional happening.
Dramatic Irony: When the audience knows the full impact of a situation but the character does not.
Foreboding: Hints and clues the author gives about a future event.
Monologue: When an actor is on stage giving a speech. (DO NOT CONFUSE WITH SOLILOQUY OR ASIDE)
Personification: Figurative language in which nonhuman subjects are given human characteristics.
Pun: A play on words, which may involve using a word/phrase with two different meanings or using a word/phrase with the same sound.
Situational Irony: Event which occurs that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters, readers or audience.
Soliloquy: Long speech in which a character is alone on stage. He/she reveals his/her private thoughts and feelings to the audience. (DO NOT CONFUSE WITH ASIDE OR MONOLOGUE.)
Symbol: Anything that stands for something or represents something else.
Tragic Flaw: A serious fault in character that leads to the downfall, destruction and death of that character.
Verbal Irony: When words are used to suggest the opposite of their usual meaning.
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