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Locate examples of dramatic irony in Act II Scene Two - Romeo & Juliet.One example...

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tealseal | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 31, 2010 at 12:36 AM via web

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Locate examples of dramatic irony in Act II Scene Two - Romeo & Juliet.

One example is when Juliet is standing on her balcony.  She thinks that she is simply talking to herself about how she feels about Romeo and how she wishes he was not a Montague.  Since Romeo is standing right there but she does know it and the audience does, this is dramatic irony. I need more.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 31, 2010 at 3:33 AM (Answer #1)

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I am going to try to help you, but that which you have identified is the big dramatic irony of the scene. Maybe you are to be breaking it down into parts to create more that one irony???

Dramatic irony occurs when we know something a character doesn't know. We know that both Romeo's friends in the beginning think that Romeo is off looking for Rosaline from the preceding scene. Romeo references this by saying "He jests at scars that never felt a wound." So, we know that Romeo is going after Juliet while the boys think he's out with Rosaline. By the end of the scene, we know that Juliet is hiding from her parents and Nurse. The Nurse doesn't know this when she comes looking for Juliet.

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