Dramatic Irony In Romeo And Juliet Analysis

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Romeo and Juliet essay
Romeo and Juliet is one of William Shakespeare 's most famous play. It is about 2 people from enemy families falling in love. Shakespeare uses many stylistic devices to create this tragedy but most importantly he uses Irony to develop this tragedy. While verbal irony is used to create humor and relief the audience. Dramatic and Situational irony are used for tragic effects. Irony can can be found throughout the play. Shakespeare uses 3 different kinds of Irony: Verbal, situational, and dramatic irony to create the tragedy know as Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare uses Verbal Irony to add humor to the story. Juliet was already married to Romeo and her father fixed her marriage with County Paris. She met Paris in Friar Lawrence
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Shakespeare uses Dramatic Irony to create suspense and build up the tension. Lord Capulet arranges Juliet’s wedding with county Paris, but Juliet just got married with Romeo couple of days ago. He doesn’t know that and excitedly arranges their wedding “Monday! ha, ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon,/O ' Thursday let it be: o ' Thursday, tell her,/She shall be married to this noble earl./Will you be ready? do you like this haste?/We 'll keep no great ado,--a friend or two;/For, hark you, Tybalt being slain so late,/It may be thought we held him carelessly,/Being our kinsman if we revel much:/Therefore we 'll have some half a dozen friends,/And there an end. But what say you to Thursday?” (3.4.20-29). In this scene, Lord Capulet arranges Juliet 's wedding with county Paris. The Capulets are unaware of the fact that Juliet is married to Romeo. Lord Capulet arranges Juliet 's wedding with Country Paris on Thursday. While Juliet got married to Romeo a couple of days ago. This is Dramatic Irony because the reader knows Romeo and Juliet are married but the Capulets are completely unaware of this fact. The audience knows that Juliet only took a sleeping potion, but Romeo thinks she is dead and he created a plan to kill himself. “Let me have/A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear/ As will disperse itself through all the veins/That the life-weary taker may fall dead,/And that the trunk may be discharged of breath/As violently as hasty powder fired/Doth hurry from the fatal cannon’s…show more content…
Essentially in this scene, Tybalt 's challenges but Romeo rejects the challenge this causes Mercutio to set up and fight Tybalt. Mercutio gets killed and Romeo avenges him by killing Tybalt. This is situational Irony because Romeo didn’t want to fight and was calm during the whole situation. This is ironic because by doing this Tybalt ends up killing Mercutio. He takes revenge for Mercutio and kills Tybalt. This causes Romeo to get banished out of Verona meaning he and Juliet can 't be together. Later in the play, Juliet wakes up and finds out from Friar Lawrence that Romeo is dead. She decides to kill herself instead of running away. “Yea noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, / This is thy sheath. They 're rust and let me die.”(5. 3. 169-171). This scene occurs after Romeo drinks poison and kills himself when Juliet wakes up and sees this she decides to kill herself. In the Elizabethan times, women were considered the weaker gender. When Juliet stabs herself with Romeo knife she created situational irony as stabbing yourself with a dagger is considered a very painful death. While taking poison, which is what Romeo did, is less painful than stabbing yourself. This is situational irony because the reader expected Romeo to die a more painful death but the gender roles were flipped around in this scene. When Situational irony occurs it causes tragedy. Romeo kills Tybalt and that causes in him to gets expelled from Verona meaning he can’t be together with
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