Romeo & Juliet Dramatic Irony

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Romeo & Juliet Essay Can death be funny? Yes, through the use dramatic irony you can make tragic moments humorous. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare effectively creates humour using dramatic irony. Three examples of dramatic irony are; when Juliet is mourning and her mom thinks it is because of Tybalts death but it is really over Romeo being exiled, when the Friar Laurence was going to take Juliet to church but not for the wedding and when Romeo says Juliet looks alive when she is supposedly dead. Shakespeare effectively creates dramatic irony in this scene which creates a strong sense of humor. After Romeo leaves Juliet, Juliet is found crying by Lady Capulet. Lady Capulet thinks that Juliet is mourning over Tybalts death, but is actually mourning over Romeo’s exile. Lady Capulet starts comforting Juliet by telling her that they will get revenge on Romeo for slaying Tybalt, Juliet replies by saying she will never be satisfied with Romeo until she beholds him-dead,(Shakespeare 3.5 ll. 87-93). The dramatic irony in the scene is that Lady Capulet is mourning over Tybalt but Juliet is mourning over Romeo. Juliet and the audience know this but Lady Capulet does not. Juliet starts to mess around with her mother by changing her words around to make it sound like she also wants Romeo dead, but actually wants to see him. Lady Capulet does, not notice what Juliet is doing, but the audiences does, thus creating dramatic irony in this scene. This scene really creates humor through dramatic irony. One more scene revolving around Juliet that also contains dramatic irony is the wedding scene. Friar Laurence enters ready to take Juliet to church so she could get married to County Paris. Capulet tells the Friar she is ready to go but she will never return (Shakespeare 4.4 ll. 34-35). Everyone is grieving over Juliet’s death. The Friar and the audience know that Juliet
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