23 March 2015
Irony of Macbeth
Irony is a literary device when one’s meaning is opposite of the language used to express that meaning, and is used for a humorous or emphatic effect. Dramatic, verbal, and situational are the three types of irony that give the flair to the story of The Tragedy of Macbeth
and are key
to advancing the plot and concluding this shakespearean tragedy. It is because of their role, in progressing and concluding the play, that makes them important. Dramatic irony is the reader/audience knowing more than the characters on stage. A good example of dramatic irony in
is when King Duncan comes to the castle of Macbeth for a visit to celebrate Macbeth's elevation to Thane of Cawdor. The audience knows that the king is going to be murdered, but the king has no idea. King Duncan comments on how beautiful the castle is, but the king does not know that he has walked into a trap. The Macbeths have a lovely feast. Lady Macbeth, especially, pays respect to the king, honors the king, and celebrates with him. She tells her husband that they must not reveal from their facial expressions or their demeanor any of their plans for later that night.
Verbal irony is
in which a person says or writes one thing and means another . An
example of verbal irony in
is the moment when Macduff and Lennox arrive the next morning after the murder, and Macbeth acts as if nothing happened. He shows Macduff to
Duncan's room and discusses the night before with Lennox. Lennox is describing the rough night he had. He says he heard screams of death, and Macbeth comments, ''Twas a rough night".It was still a rough night for both character, but just in a different way. It seems to Lennox that Macbeth is commiserating with him, when in actuality, he is commenting on his own murderous night. ...
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