Romeo and Juliet Study Guide

allusion a reference to well-known people, places, muths, or literature.
anti-Stratfordian people who don’t beleive Shakespear wrote his plays.
apathy emotional emptiness
astrologer someone who use astrology to predict events.
blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
changeling a baby switched with another by fairies
choleric decisive, hot headed
comedy dramatic play with a happy ending
confidant trusted person whom secrets are shared
continuum a link between two or more things
contrived unconvincing
cynical sarcastic
despondency state of being unhappy
determination a fixed purpose
disenfranchise deprive a person of legal rights
disparate very different
dramatic irony difference in what the audience knows and the character knows.
epitome typical example of a type, mode, class, characteristic.
exonerate to declare someone of guilt.
extant still existing
fatalist someone who believes that humans cant change their destinies
fickle inconsistent
foreshadowing clues of upcoming events
gentry english upper class
hyperbole obvious exaggeration used to make a point
melancholy sadness, or depression
melodrama displaying exaggerated emotions and language
metaphysical related to the abstract study of the nature of being
motif a recurring theme used in literacy
mundane common
normative related to a standard of behavior
objectify to reduce a complex person to a simple subject
ominous threatening of something bad about to happen
oxymoron combination of words that contridict each other for effect
paradox statement that appears to contradict itself
patron person who supports the arts
Petrarchan lover character type in the Renaissance
phlegmatic calm
posthumorous happening after the death
reconciliation end of conflict
sanguine confident
status quo state of affairs
Stratfordian person who beleives Shakespear wrote his plays
temperance moderation
theology religious theory
tragedy dramatic play that ends in death
troupe a traveling group of actors, singers, dancers
unattainable impossible to reach

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