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Irony in Romeo and Juliet

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Lauren Gann

on 8 March 2012

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Transcript of Irony in Romeo and Juliet

"a subtly humorous perception of inconsistency, in which an apparently straightforward statement or event is undermined by its context so as to give it a very different significance"
Verbal Irony
involves a discrepency between what is said and what is truly meant. Sarcasm is a crude form of verbal irony.
Structural Irony
"involves the use of a naive or deluded hero or unreliable narrator whose veiw of the world differs widely from the true circumstances recognized by the author or reader. [Structural] irony flatters the reader's intelligence at the expense of a character or fictional narrator."
Dramatic Irony
When the audience knows more about a character's situation than the character does, foreseeing an outcome contrary to the character's expectations, and thus giving a sharply different sense to some of the character's own statements; in tragedies, this is called tragic irony.
Tragic Irony
dramatic irony in a tragedy
Cosmic Irony
this term denotates a veiw of people as the dupes of a cruely mocking Fate
Situational Irony
"a man is laughing uproariously at the misfortune of another event while the same misfortune, unbeknownst, is happening to him" or a contrast in what is expected and what actually happens
Act 5 Scene 2 page 217
Act 4 Scene 5 page199
Act 2 Scene 2 page 71
Act 3 Scene 4 page 153
Act 3 Scene 5 page 163
Act 1 Scene 1 Page 11
Act 3 Scene 1 page 123
Act 5 Scene 3 page 225
Act 4 scene 5 wedding plans change to funeral plans
Act 5 scene 3- so many people come to visit Juliet's grave
act 2 scene 1 page 67 Benvolio and Mercutio try to summon Romeo with features of Rosaline dramatic
act 1 scene 5 page 61
act 3 scene 2 page 133
Act 3 Scene 5 page 163
Act 5 Scene 1 pages 211 & 215
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