Dramatic irony! Dramatic irony is when (in a play), the audience knows something that the characters in the play don’t. I have chosen to select 2 passages from the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ that contain dramatic irony and explain how and why they are used. Dramatic irony is ever present in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and helps with the understanding of personality traits and motivations of some of the characters, along with foreshadowing, which is a little hint of what is to come in the play.
Now! Foreshadowing and dramatic irony are two of the key elements that assist with the unraveling and understanding of the characters and the plot of the play. What foreshadowing does is give little hints of what is to come later in the play. For example, a quote from Romeo in Act 1 Scene 4 “I fear too early, for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars” and later says “Of a despised life closed in my breast, by some vile forfeit of untimely death.” And later in the play this glimpse into the future of the play actually happens.
What people might not expect or catch on to is that the entire of the play is full of dramatic irony! What Shakespeare has done is given the audience a false sense of security, (pause), he does this by making it look as if there is going to be a good ending, by having make the Friars plan seem so fool proof that it deceives the audience, into thinking that there is going to be a good outcome,(Pause)that is until he turns it on to its head and has it so that both Romeo and Juliet die, this is caused by the actions of some of the other characters in the play, for example: when Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt in revenge. If Tybalts act of killing Mercutio had not happened, then Romeo would not have been banished for slaying Tybalt, and the letter would have made its way to Romeo. This is what makes the play a tragedy.
The first passage that involves dramatic irony that will be discussed is,...