Can you give an example of dramatic irony in the prologue?

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since you are in 9th grade, I am going to assume that the prologue to which you refer is from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Dramatic irony is when the opposite of what the reader expects becomes reality. An example of dramatic irony in this play would be when the words about the burial of the parents' feud in the prologue reminds the listener that to bury the feud, the parents will bury their children. The prologue serves the same purpose as a Greek chorus which is to tell the audience in advance what will happen in the play and so the dramatic irony comes true by the end of the play.

gretchen316 | Student

^^this is wrong...dramatic irony is the type of irony when the audience knows something that a character does not, for example when

gretchen316 | Student

in act II, scene i, Benvolio and Mercutio think Romeo is with Rosaline, but the audience knows he is with juliet

gretchen316 | Student

^^this is wrong...dramatic irony is the type of irony when the audience knows something that a character does not, for example when

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