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What is an example of dramatic irony in Act 1, Scene 4 of Macbeth?Act 1 scene 4 

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faree436 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM via web

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What is an example of dramatic irony in Act 1, Scene 4 of Macbeth?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 21, 2012 at 5:57 PM (Answer #1)

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The best example of dramatic irony in Act 1, Scene 4 of Macbeth is when Duncan says he trusts Macbeth, and the audience knows that Macbeth is expecting to become king.  Macbeth is not at all trustworthy!

There's no art

To find the mind's construction in the face:

He was a gentleman on whom I built(15)

An absolute trust. (Act 1, Scene 4, p. 17)

Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that the characters do not.  In this case, Duncan does not know about the witches’ prophecy, or that Macbeth is expecting to become king and will kill to get the honor.  The audience knows about the witches, and so this scene is especially dramatic because we wonder what will happen next.

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faree436 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted December 23, 2012 at 4:30 AM (Answer #2)

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Sorry it was Act 1 Scene 3 !

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