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There are many instances in which William Shakespeare shapes our modern works of art and literature doing so by remaining the most spoken playwright of his century Besides his many privileges he had used some literary elements that have great discussion in the present day such as his usage of irony foreshadowing unconscious hypocrisy and other literary elements They are used today as well but in the past centuries the combination of those elements was the technique which was the most appealing to the audience the one actually used by Shakespeare One of those elements is dramatic irony which is based on the contrast of reality and misconception In dramatic irony this contrast depends on the difference between what the character believes and what the audience knows to be true The usage of dramatic irony combined with other literary elements builds suspense tension and concern for the characters in the play - one thing that the playwright or a writer desires to achieve Dramatic irony is a plot device usually used when writing tragedies such as in a play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare In Romeo and Juliet tragedy Shakespeare used this element to intensify the play He had done so successfully because by the effect it is one of the most famous plays in our history Presumably Shakespeare uses other characters to mention some information to let the reader wonder what the other character that doesnt have that information will do For example when Romeo hears about Juliets death he doesnt know that Juliet had actually drunk the sleeping potion the Friar gave her Since it is a tragic play it would mean that such use of dramatic irony will lead the character to some tragic end Consequently Romeo decides to kill himself and be with Juliet The audience aware of some shortcoming due to the element of foreshadowing will want to warn although the audience obviously doesnt have the power to
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