Wit is frequently portrayed through both irony and puns.
We see Shakespeare use verbal, situational, and even dramatic irony to create wit in the play. Plus, in some instances, the types of irony overlap. Beatrice uses verbal irony a great deal, especially in her verbal attacks of Benedick. One instance of this that we see in the opening scene is that when the Messenger defends Benedick's valor in the recent victorious wars, saying to Beatrice, "And [he is] a good soldier too, lady," Beatrice ironically responds by twisting the Messenger's words and saying, "And a good soldier to a lady; but what is he to a lord?," meaning that only a woman would be so easily deceived by him to think of Benedick as a valiant soldier while the real men he fights with would not be so easily fooled (I.i.44-45).
An instance of wit portrayed through both situational and dramatic irony can be seen with relation to the fact that both...
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