Thread: Dramatic Irony
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:24 AM   #7
Dr. Vergerus
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Default Re: Dramatic Irony

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "dramatic irony" as " the dramatic effect achieved by leading an audience to understand an incongruity between a situation and the accompanying speeches, while the characters in the play remain unaware of the incongruity."

It is an interesting definition because it doesn't say the characters need to be aware at any point of the incongruity. That's not to say they must not be aware; probably the effect is more powerful if the character at some point becomes aware of the gap between his expectations/intentions and the/their outcome, but certainly is not a must.
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