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How Does Shakespeare Use Dramatic Irony In Julius Caesar

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One of literature’s most distinguished plays, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, was written by the highly acclaimed William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was an individual of many talents; among those talents were poetry, acting, and playwriting. During his life, Shakespeare wrote a total of thirty-seven plays, one-hundred-seventy-four sonnets, and invented more than seventeen thousand of the words used in current English. A great number of those plays and sonnets have been translated in over eighty languages, some of which include Chinese, Uzbek, and Bengali. William Shakespeare’s works have been so widely used in the English language that he has become the second most quoted author in English. Because of Shakespeare’s great success, The Tragedy of…show more content…
There are three forms of irony which include: verbal irony, situational irony, and dramatic irony. Verbal irony is when a character says the opposite of what they mean while situational irony, occurs when the opposite of what the audience expects to happen, happens. Finally, dramatic irony, one of the most common forms of irony found in Julius Caesar, occurs when the audience knows something that the characters do…show more content…
Right after Caesar had been killed, the conspirators had encountered Antony. Antony, being heartbroken with the death of Julius Caesar, had a simple request, which was to speak at Caesar’s funeral. Little did the men know the malevolent plan that Antony had in mind. When the day of the funeral came, and Brutus had finished speaking, Antony came up and began his speech declaring, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears… For Brutus is an honorable man; so are they all, all honorable men.” (Julius Caesar. II. ii. 70-79). Antony clearly does not believe the men that killed his beloved friend are honorable, yet he continues to call them this. Antony is demonstrating verbal irony by filling his words with sarcasm. Besides verbal, situational, and dramatic irony, Shakespeare also used the powerful tool of symbolism within The Tragedy of Julius
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