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In Act IV, scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet", what is the dramatic irony in the...

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yutongwu | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2009 at 5:53 AM via web

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In Act IV, scene 5 of "Romeo and Juliet", what is the dramatic irony in the remarks and beliefs of Capulet and Lady Capulet?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 6, 2009 at 6:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Act 4, scene 5 is the act in which Juliet is found to be "dead" by the nurse. Dramatic irony exists in a play when the audience knows something about a situation that the characters in the play do not have knowledge about. In this situation, the audience knows that Juliet's death is not a real suicide at this point, but that she has taken a potion given to her by Friar Lawrence to make her look and seem as though she is sick for forty-two hours, until Friar Lawrence has enough time to remedy the other situation that is taking place in the play. When the nurse finds Juliet, neither she nor Juliet's parents know that Juliet is not really dead -- making this scene an example of dramatic irony.

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