Thread: Dramatic Irony
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:59 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by Ronaldinho View Post
Suspense is a feeling created in the audience of dreading something that they know about that the audience doesn't. However, it is different from dramatic irony because there is no different meaning.

Dramatic irony is the situation where the meaning of a moment is different because the audience knows something the characters don't.

Situational irony is when actions have a result the opposite of what was intended.

Irony, in general, means that the meaning is different from the literal meaning.

So the situation with the bomb under the table is suspense, but it's NOT dramatic irony unless, for example, I'm inviting you to stay with me for tea, and I know there's a bomb (as the audience does) and I know that you staying for tea will result in you getting blown up. In that case, it can be both suspense and dramatic irony, but dramatic irony specifically requires the changed meaning.
thank you, i think what i'm looking for is in here.

so i'm guessing that in dramatic irony, there needs to be a precursor scene to put the audience in the superior position...? and in situational irony there needs to be a payoff to what lead up to the situation being ironic...? also, i'm thinking the payoff can be immediate, in the following scene, or even later in the story as long as it's set up with the appropriate amount of emphasis...?

(sorry for the rapid-fire approach to my questions, just trying to get them out while thinking about them )

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