Examples Of Irony In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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An unknown author once said, “Some people create their own storms, then get upset when it rains.” There are three different forms of irony, which include dramatic, verbal, and situational irony. Verbal irony is when a person says something, but the opposite is meant.
Dramatic irony is when the audience or some characters know something that others don’t.
Situational irony is when when the opposite of what you expect to happen, happens. During the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hermia and Lysander were in love with each other when a major event happened and changed how they felt about each other. Also, a fairy queen fell in love with an ordinary Athenian named Bottom when he had an ass head. Isn’t that ironic? A
Midsummer Night’s Dream had three
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Without having the knowledge of what Robin did, no one would know why
Demetrius and Lysander changed their minds, making this dramatic irony.
We are exposed to dramatic irony many times in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Another example of this was when Robin turned Bottom’s head into an ass head. Without realizing that his head had been changed into an ass head, Bottom asked his friends, “What do you see? You see an ass head of your own, do you?” (Shakespeare 3.1.56). Bottom didn’t know that his head had been turned into an ass head while he was away from the play practice. He also said, “I see their knavery: this is to make an ass of me . . . ” (Shakespeare 3.1.58). Still not knowing that
Robin changed his appearance and saying things about an ass is ironic because he didn’t know, while the audience did know. While he was talking, he was saying that they were trying to make an ass of him, when he already was one. Shakespeare came up with a smart and humorous way to include dramatic irony while Bottom was talking.
During one of the scenes of the play, Oberon put the magical flower juice in Titania’s eyes and she fell in love with an ass. After everyone ran away from Bottom, he started
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