Dramatic Irony In Hamlet Act 1 And 2
I need some examples of dramatic irony in Act 1 and Act 2 of Hamlet.
Who are the characters involved in the irony? Is it sympathy or antipathy?
One example is of Polonius believing Hamlet to be crazy; the audience knows Hamlet is not crazy but merely acting that way, even secretly mocking Polonius. This scene is more likely antipathetic, not sympathetic, because Polonius is being humorously mocked.
His title character, Hamlet, often uses verbal and antipathetic irony as a form of expression. In act 1, scene 2, we are introduced to most of the main characters in the court. We learn from the new king, Claudius, that his brother has recently died. Claudius has not only assumed the throne but also married Gertrude, the very recent widow of the former king—and Hamlet's mother.
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