Romeo and Juliet #1

act a major unit in a play
scene subdivision of an act in a play
stage direction instructions written by a playwright that describes the appearance and actions of characters
cast a list of characters who are in literary works
tragic hero most important hero in a tragey
tragic flaw potential for greatness but inevitably is doomed to fail
farce type of comedy with stereotyped characters
spectacle scenery, costumes and special effects in a play
character individual in literary work
monologue long speech by a character in literary work
soliloquy long speech by a character who is alone on stage, reveals private thoughts of a character
aside character’s comment that is directed to the audience
pernicious Def: destructive; deadlyPOS: adjectiveText: “You men, you beasts that quench the fire of your pernicious rage with purple fountains issuing from your veins!” (Shakespeare 656)OG: The hurricane was pernicious.
posterity Def: future generationsPOS: nounText: “She hath, and in that sparing makes huge waste; for beauty starv’d with her severity cuts beauty off from all posterity.” (Shakespeare 661)OG: Your posterity is determined by you.
anguish Def: extreme suffering; agonyPOS: nounText: Tut, man, one fire burns out another’s burning; one pain is less’ned by another’s anguish; turn giddy, and be holp by backward turning; one desperate grief cures with another’s languish.” (Shakespeare 663)OG: His anguish was unbearable to watch
profane Def: to degrade or disrespect something holy or importantPOS: verbText: “If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: my lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” (Shakespeare 675)OG: Do no profane the church with your rough housing.

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