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What is the definition of exposition?

The definition of exposition is writing or speech that provides explanation.

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Last Updated on February 25, 2021, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 77

Exposition - a form of discourse that explains, defines, and interprets. The word is also applied to the beginning portion of a plot in which background information about the characters and situation is set forth.

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The word is taken directly from the Latin exposition, meaning “a showing forth.”

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Shakespeare’s Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, and Richard III all contain exposition. Magazine articles, editorials, and essays usually consist almost wholly of exposition.

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Latest answer posted January 14, 2008, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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