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Old 02-08-2012, 07:30 AM   #1
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:52 AM   #2
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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The audience knows more than the characters, so the characters' dialogue/action takes on additional meaning than what they understand.

So if we're in a scene and everyone is crying because someone died, and a guy walks in and jokes "why all the long faces? Who died?" - that's dramatic irony. He wouldn't have said it if he knew what we the audience knew.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:47 AM   #4
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The audience knows more than the characters, so the characters' dialogue/action takes on additional meaning than what they understand.

So if we're in a scene and everyone is crying because someone died, and a guy walks in and jokes "why all the long faces? Who died?" - that's dramatic irony. He wouldn't have said it if he knew what we the audience knew.

YAY, I get to disagree with Jeff Lowell for the first time.

I feel like dramatic irony is something far larger than a scene level dialogue. It's Tom Cruise who upholds the pre-crime system until he's faced with the very crime from a system he believes in.

Or am I misunderstanding the term?
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:59 AM   #5
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I think you're defining irony in drama.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:24 AM   #7
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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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