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Irony in Romeo and Juliet
Transcript of Irony in Romeo and Juliet
Three Types of Irony
The people reading the text knows something the characters don't know
The outcome of an event is different from what the reader expected to happen
What is said is different from what is actually meant
Analyze Situational Irony
Without situational irony in Romeo and Juliet everything in the story would be suspected with nothing surprising the readers/ audience. For example if Juliet didn't take the sleeping potion, Romeo would have never killed himself then Juliet would have never killed herself. Shakespeare most likely used situational irony in Romeo and Juliet to create the tone for the people who are reading it to feel.
Analyze Verbal Irony
Verbal irony was put in Romeo and Juliet to show the sarcasm the characters used when speaking to each other. For instance when Juliet told her mother that she would rather marry Romeo than Paris, but she supposedly hates Romeo. Juliet may have told her mother that she hated Romeo, but she obviously doesn't because she's married to him.
By: Danielle Howard, Simone Sanders, and Jesus Zamora
Examples of Dramatic Irony
"Romeo: (aside) Is she a Capulet? O deer account! My life is my foe's dept.
Juliet: My only love sprung from my only hate! T early seen unknown, and known too late!" (Shakespeare 16). Act I Scence V Line 30 and 36
"Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?..."
Romeo: (Jumping forward to reveal himself) I take thee at thy word!" (Shakespeare 18). Act II Scene II Lines 6 and 9
"Romeo:Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting. Villain am I none, therefore farewell.
Tybalt: Boy, this shall not excuse t injuries that thou host done me; therefore turn and draw." (Shakespeare 28). Act III Scene I Lines 14 and 15
Examples of Situational Irony
"Romeo: What lady is that, which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?
Benvolio: I know not.
Romeo: .... Did my heart not love till now? Forswear it, sight I for I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." (Shakespeare 14). Act I Scene V Line 3-5
"Juliet: Yea, noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger! (Snatching Romeo's dagger and pointing it at herself) This is thy sheath. There runt, and let me die. (stabs herself, falls on Romeo's body, and dies)" (Shakespeare 48). Act V Scene III
"Juliet:"... I will not marry yet: and, what I do, I swear, it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris!" (Shakespeare 35). Act III
"Juliet: "... If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed." (Shakespeare 16). Act I Scene V
"Mercutio: No, it's not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve; ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man." (Shakespeare 28). Act III Scene I
Examples of Verbal Irony
Analyze Dramatic Irony
Shakespeare used dramatic irony in Romeo and Juliet so that it would make the play more interesting because if all of the characters new everything that we knew it wouldn't keep the reader intrigued.