In Macbeth Act 1, Scene 3, what is an example of dramatic irony?

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The reader knows that the witches are going to mess with Macbeth, but Macbeth does not.

Dramatic irony occurs when the reader or audience knows something that the characters do not.  In this case, the witches are discussing how they will mess with Macbeth.  The audience or reader knows what will happen, but Macbeth does not.

In the beginning of the scene, the Weird Sisters describe their actions as witches and how they are going to mess with Macbeth.

I will drain him dry as hay:
Sleep shall neither night nor day
Hang upon his pent-house lid;
He shall live a man forbid:
Weary se'nnights nine times nine
Shall he dwindle, peak and pine:
Though his bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be...

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