Examples of the types of irony found in the play, "The Crucible," include situational, dramatic and verbal irony. Specific examples include Proctor's recitation of the Ten Commandments, the forced confessions of witchcraft and the names of several characters in the play.Continue Reading
In his recitation of the Ten Commandments of the Bible, John Proctor forgets "adultery." This is ironic since he committed the sin of adultery with Abigail. By forcing the accused to confess to witchcraft, the Puritan judges in the play forced them to commit a sin by lying. One example of an ironic name is the merciless Mercy Lawless.
Situational irony occurs when there is a contrast between something that is not expected to happen but that is happening. Dramatic irony happens between the reader or audience and the character when the reader or viewer knows more about the situation than does the character. Several examples of dramatic irony are found throughout all acts of the play. Verbal irony takes place when someone says one thing but means another. This is also sometimes referred to as sarcasm.
Arthur Miller based the play, "The Crucible," on historical facts about the Salem witch trials, though he fictionalized many aspects of the story.Learn more about Plays
Examples of musicals written by Cole Porter include, "Kiss Me Kate," "Anything Goes," "Gay Divorce," "Jubilee" and "Paris." Cole Porter wrote 27 stage musicals, 10 film musicals and one television musical before he died in 1964. Of the 10 film musicals, two were never produced.Full Answer >
Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" contains situational irony and dramatic irony. The premise of the play itself is ironic, as Macbeth aims to become king to better himself, but his guilt from usurping the throne and committing murder ends up committing him to a downward spiral.Full Answer >
School Work Helper gives a list of dramatic devices, such as dramatic irony, paradox, soliloquy, aside and tragedy. Dramatic irony occurs when the reader knows information that the characters in the play do not know.Full Answer >
A play within a play is a dramatic plot device or extended metaphor where characters narrate one story while still part of another. Playwrights use such juxtaposition of nested plays to give a performance of self-reflection and to reiterate the play's main themes. The French term is "Mise en abyme."Full Answer >