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2. Character

3. Thought

Texture :

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act: the primary division of the action of a play. A play can consist of a single act or comprise two, three, four, or five acts; ten-act plays are not uncommon in India. Also, to represent or perform an action onstage.

action: what happens in the story line of a play; a plot consists of events that create the play's action.

ABSTRACTION Art that doesn't portray the visual reality of an object but reflects an artist's nonrepresentantional conception of it.

AESTHETICS Related to the appreciation of beauty in the arts.

ALLEGORY A symbolic naarative in which a deeper, often moral meaning exists beyond the literal level of a work.

AMPHITHEATER an oval or round theater with tiers of seats gradually rising from the central arena.

AXIS An imaginary straight line on eighter side of which components of a piece of art are evenly arranged.

CIVILIZATION A culture's development to a stage marked by written language, social organization, and artistic expression.

COMEDY An amusing play or novel with a happy ending, usually including a marriage.

COSMOLOGY Philosophical study of the evolution of the universe.

GENRE (joh-ruh) A category of art, music, or literature.

HARMONY In music, playing or singing two or more tones at the same time, especially when the resulting sound is pleasing to the ear; generally, the arrangement of chords.

ICONOGRAPHY In visual arts, the symbols used to communicate meaning.

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