Situational 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.” Irony can be seen in three different ways, which include dramatic, verbal, and situational irony. Verbal irony is when the opposite of what is meant, is said. 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 changes 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 has three different …show more content…
This one example is exactly what happened to poor Hermia with Lysander. Throughout the play, Lysander would do anything for Hermia, even if it got them into trouble. In Act I, Scene 1, Hermia’s father, Egeus, threatened to kill Hermia if she didn’t marry Demetrius. When this happened, Lysander came up with a plan to sneak away with Hermia. Lysander secretly said, “If thou lovest me then, steal forth thy father’s house tomorrow night. And in the wood . . . there will I stay for thee” (Shakespeare 1.1.163-168). Lysander said this to Hermia because she was crying about what her father said, and he wanted to make her feel better. He suggested that they go to his aunt’s house, where they could be married without a constant threat. He wanted Hermia to be happy and would sneak away just to do so. However, in Act II, Scene 2, different events played out when they arrived in the woods. When the couple went to sleep, Robin put a magical flower juice in Lysander’s eyes that caused him to fall in love with the first person he saw. Unfortunately, Helena stumbled across Lysander’s body and thought he was dead. She shook him to wake up, and because of the juice he immediately fell in love …show more content…
After everyone ran away from Bottom, he started singing. His singing woke up Titania, causing her to see him when she woke. Since the magic flower juice has the power to make you fall in love with whoever you first see, Titania fell in love with Bottom. Titania _______ “Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed while I thy amiable cheeks do coy, and stick musk roses in thy sleek, smooth head, and kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy” (Shakespeare 4.1.1-4). Titania would never normally fall in love with an ass, but she didn’t know she was under a love spell. The audience knew that this happened, which made this dramatic irony. (Something Titania)_____“My Oberon, what visions have I seen! Methought I was enamored of an ass” (Shakespeare 4.1.59-60). As the play came to a close, Titania didn’t realize that because of Oberon she had fallen in love with Bottom, making this dramatic

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