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when the audience knows something that a character in a play does not know, and the character behaves inappropriately because of his or her ignorance. E.g. in Twelfth Night, because of his ignorance, Malvolio acts foolishly, believing that this is appropriate. The audience can see how silly this is and finds it funny or absurd.
an adjective that asks a question, e.g. Which boy has been chosen? Whose food is this?
a figure of speech which shows an apparent contradiction or disagreement between two words, in...
in artwork, film and photography: what is happening behind the main action.