What is the central dramatic irony of "The Demon Lover"?

While there is no dramatic irony in "The Demon Lover," the ending is ironic because Mrs. Drover's attempted escape only leads to her final captivity.

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Dramatic irony is when the audience knows more about a situation than the characters in the story do. A great example of this would be the typical horror movie scenario in which a character enters a location the audience knows to be dangerous, therefore creating suspense.

"The Demon Lover" has no dramatic irony, as the audience knows about as much as the protagonist, Mrs. Drover, does. However, it does have irony in general. Irony is when a situation turns out opposite from what one initially expected. The most ironic moment in "The Demon Lover" is when Mrs. Drover tries escaping her one-time paramour via taxi. At first, both the reader and Mrs. Drover believe she will be freed of her sinister ghost-lover's influence. However, the mood takes a turn for the dreadful when the taxi starts moving without Mrs. Drover being asked where she wants to go, which both foreshadows Mrs. Drover's lack of control over her fate and emphasizes her lover's controlling nature. When she finally gets a good look at the driver's face, it is implied that she realizes it is none other than her presumed dead fiancé. This moment is ironic because Mrs. Drover is trying to be proactive in escaping her former lover, yet she only manages to run straight into his arms.

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