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Explain the dramatic irony in Act II, Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet."

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Posted May 12, 2008 at 12:59 AM via web

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Explain the dramatic irony in Act II, Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet."

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 12, 2008 at 3:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Dramatic irony is created when there is a discrepancy between what a character believes and what the audience knows to be true. In this scene, Mercutio and Benvolio search for Romeo and Mercutio teases him about his love for Rosaline. What Mercutio and Benvolio do not know is that, by this point in the story, Romeo has forgotten all about Rosaline and is completely fixated on Juliet.

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