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Dramatic Irony in Shakespeare's Macbeth (flipped)

Dramatic Irony in Shakespeare's Macbeth (flipped)

Author: Anna Angel

The objective of this lesson is for Year 10 English students to gain an understanding of what dramatic irony is, and how it is used in Shakespeare's Macbeth. They should then be able to apply this knowledge to their own creative writing exercises.

We will be going over:

What is Dramatic Irony?

How can it be used to create humour or interest?

How has Shakespeare used it to effect in Macbeth?

How might you use it in your own stories?

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What is it?

Dramatic Irony occurs when you, the audience or reader, knows something a character does not. You are "in on a secret". This is often used to create humour.

Dramatic Irony

This video gives you an idea of what Dramatic Irony is, and how it can be used effectively.

Source: Youtube

So how does Shakespeare use it?

Have a think about any examples of dramatic irony you might have come across when we read Macbeth.

For example, was there anything Macbeth and/or Lady Macbeth and the audience knew that other characters did not?

Note down any specific examples you can think of, and bring them to next week's class.

Here are some examples you might have picked up on.

Use this video to further jog your memory of how dramatic irony is used in Macbeth.

Did you come up with any different examples? If so, make a note of this.

Now have a think about the examples given in the video, and the ones you wrote down. What effect do you think they had on the audience/reader? What did they achieve?

Write down your answers and be sure to bring them to the next lesson.

How might we use it?

In next week's class we will be discussing dramatic irony in Macbeth further, using the examples you and your classmates will bring in.

Before then, have a think about how you might use dramatic irony in your own short story, which you will be writing for Assignment 3.

See you on Monday!