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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Dramatic Irony

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Dramatic irony happens when the audience or reader knows something the character does NOT.

I do repent
The tedious minutes I with her have spent.
Not Hermia but Helena I love:
Who will not change a raven for a dove?
The will of man is by his reason sway'd;
And reason says you are the worthier maid.

What is the dramatic irony in the lines below from Lysander?

A

Regardless of the love potion, Lysander always loved Helena. He was only pretending to love Hermia to make Helena jealous.

B

Rational thought has nothing to with Lysander’s newly discovered love for Helena.

C

Lysander has always been a rival of Demetrius; therefore, he chose Hermia simply to make Demetrius mad.

D

Hermia was only using the two men as entertainment. She actually didn’t love either of them, which Lysander has suddenly realized.

E

Helena just won the jackpot because Oberon has vowed to help her. Thus, now that Lysander loves Helena, he is going to be extremely rich.