Abrams defines the term in his classic Glossary of Literary Terms, dramatic irony
In the last act, Hitchcock uses dramatic irony
to heighten the suspense.
Hawthorne's storyteller brings comedy to the stage and to the stories he tells through mirroring effects, situational and dramatic irony
, and vivid if sometimes exaggerated contrasts.
In dramatic irony
, the audience is typically in on the plot from the beginning, but there is still the play between surface and depth meanings; drama works by virtue of the imaginative distance that allows the audience to play the game.
There is no dramatic irony
in this poem, because, aside from the question of whether the speaker is legally insane, there is no issue the slave is unaware of or incompetent to judge and therefore no way for the reader's point of view to be substantially different from hers.
And, talk about dramatic irony
, one of Marcos' first boyfriends was Ninoy Aquino, the man her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, later had assassinated for challenging his rule.
Zemach and Balter assert that dramatic irony
is a modification of situational irony (it interprets the real situation via a possible counterpart).
Main themes explored here include the ironizing of foreign rulers, the prostitute as icon of the ironic gaze, indeterminacy and dramatic irony
in prophetic performance, and irony in ancient Israel's wisdom traditions.
She gives voice to the dramatic irony
surrounding Audrey, showing us with more accuracy and emotion those things her owner can barely express.
The dramatic irony
is similar to that of the Shakespearean play and the reader constantly wonders why Otello and Desmerelda cannot see how they are being manipulated and slowly destroyed by the villains in the plot.
conflict and tension; dramatic irony
and reversal; contrast; the use of time and shift of locale as suspense factors; dramatic action flowing out of believable characters, foreshadowing of events and, finally, a harmonious and well-balanced arrangement of scenes.
As well as these interesting components, the text features easy to understand information about Shakespeare's literary techniques, including puns, sonnets, dramatic irony
, imagery and metaphor.