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Definition: An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference

Movie Example: (Hercules) The Disney movie Hercules alludes to the movie The Karate Kid when Hercules is training with Phil and Pegasus on the stone steps.

Comic Relief

Definition: Comic episodes in a dramatic or literary work that offset more serious sections.

Book Example: (Romeo and Juliet) In Act II scene IV Mercutio starts making fun of Tybalt, the Nurse and Romeo. Romeo and Benvolio exchange a series of puns.


Definition: A remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play

Play Example: (Romeo and Juliet) In Act II scene II Romeo runs to the backyard of Juliet's house and listens to her talking to herself and he listens to her talking about him.

Foil Charcters

Definition: A foil is a character who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character.

Example: Benvolio is the foil character to Tybalt. Benvolio is a peacemaker while Tybalt is unfriendly and self-serving.


Definition: A long speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program

Example: In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet monologues about how she either has to chose between her dead cousin, Tybalt, or her newly wedded husband, Romeo.


Definition: Conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie

Example: In one of Shakespeare's plays called Romeo and Juliet there is a mixture of dialogues and monologues.


Definition: An act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a pkay

Example: In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo sneaks into the capsules backyard and overhears Juliet talking to herself about Romeo. While he listens he asks himself if he should speak up and make his appearance

Tragic Hero

Definition: A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction

Example: Romeo and Juliet is a story of two tragic heroes


Definition: A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms in conjunction

Example: One example of oxymoron in Romeo and Juliet comes from Act I, scene i when Romeo says, "O brawling love! O loving hate!"


Definition: To be a warning or indication of

Example: Romeo and Juliet occurs in Act 1, Scene 2, when Benvolio tells Romeo, "Take thou some new infection to thy eye, And the rank poison of the old will die."

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