Drama Literary Terms
Tragedy is the imitation of a specific action that possesses magnitude, is complete and admirable; in the language made pleasurable. An example is in Sophocles’ tragedy trio including “Oedipus the King”, “Oedipus at Colonus” and “Antigone,” we see that Oedipus naively marries his mother and kills his father, as it was prophesied when he was young.
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Prologue is the story’s opening that creates the setting and provides the background details. The creation of prologue is credited to Euripides. He happened to prefix the prologue in his plays as the explanatory initial act so as to make the future events in the play understandable for his audience.Allegory is the symbolic narrative by which the surface facts entail a secondary meaning. It often adopts the form of the story where the characters stand for moral qualities.
Kennedy, X J, Dana Gioia, and Nina Revoyr. Literature for Life. Boston: Pearson, 2013. Print.
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