ROMEO AND JULIET WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Act I: Vocabulary and Literary Terms ACT I VOCABULARY Adversary: opponent, enemy Boisterous: stormy, rowdy, violent Nuptial: wedding ACT I LITERARY TERMS Aside: words spoken by a character in a play, usually in an undertone and not intended for others to hear • Find an example! Blank verse: unrhymed iambic pentameter Characterization: the personality a character displays; the means in which the author reveals that personality Conflict: the struggle between opposing forces or characters (know the types of external and internal conflict) ACT I LITERARY TERMS Couplet: two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme Epithet: a descriptive adjective or phrase used to characterize someone or something Figurative Language: language that is not intended to be interpreted in a literal sense • Find an example! Foil: a character who sets off another character by contrast • Find an example! ACT I LITERARY TERMS Foreshadowing: the use of hints or clues in a narrative to suggest what action is to come • Find an example! Iambic meter: unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable Iambic pentameter: five verse feet with each foot an iamb Metaphor: comparison between two unlike things without the use of like or as • Find an example! ACT I LITERARY TERMS Simile: comparison of two unlike things using like or as • Find an example! Pun: the humorous use of a word or phrase to suggest two or more meanings at the same time • Find an example!