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BJU Fundamentals of Literature: Unit 6 Vocabulary

understatement
representation of something as less important than it truly is

overstatement
exaggeration of details surrounding the events of a story

hyperbole
type of obvious overstatement used by writers to make a point

drama
literature written to be acted

play
drama

analogy
detailed comparison of one thing to another dissimilar thing

satire
corrective ridicule of some object of scorn usually outside of the literature itself

allusion
reference within a work to something else, usually another artistic work

tragedy
literature whose protagonist’s flaws cause him tremendous suffering that eventually results in a catastrophe, or disastrous conclusion

comedy
drama that focuses on light-hearted matters such as courtship and love and that may also be satirical

scene
in a drama, a subdivision of an act that does not contain a change of time or place

act
major division in the action of a play

stage directions
instructions for lighting, movement, and action included within a drama script

tone
attitude of an author toward his or her subject

moral tone
application of a person’s philosophy through the ethics that the individual embraces

dramatist
author of a drama

playwright
author of a play

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