Dramatic irony is when the reader knows something critical that the characters do not. More specifically, in Romeo and Juliet, the reader already knows that Romeo has jumped over the wall of the Capulet orchard. At the beginning of Act II, scene ii, the reader first hears Romeo’s monologue disclosing his inner most feelings as he watches Juliet at her window (lines 1-25). Because of this monologue, we are made aware that Romeo is already watching Juliet when she says, “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” in line 35. This is where the dramatic irony comes. We, as the readers, know something that Juliet does not.