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Irony In Macbeth

Examples of Irony
a) Witches prophecies to Macbeth and Banquo - The witches told Macbeth, All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter! ( Act 1 Scene 3, pg. 43) - This prophecy was ironic because even though it was true, it did not turn out how Macbeth expected it to.

- Macbeth probably thought that being the king would be great. He would be rich, everyone would respect him, hed have all the power in Scotland, and he thought that that would make him happy. Of course, since the witches prophecies were cleverly designed to manipulate his weak mind, Macbeth murdered Duncan to satisfy his ambition.

b) So foul and fair a day I have not seen-this is the first thing Macbeth says when he meets the witches, dramatic irony is that witches say this in scene 1 so Macbeth is quoting witches even though he has just been praised by the king for his noble deeds. ( Act 1 scene 3 page 11.)

(c) There is no art to find the minds construction in the face he was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust Macbeth enters The dramatic irony here is that that King Duncan is talking about him trusting that Thane Of Cawdor but he betrayed him.

Macbeth enters and the dramatic irony is that the audience knows he is betraying Duncan.(act 1 scene 4 page 19)

(d) be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck till thou applaud the deed The audience knows that Macbeth is planning an evil deed but LMB doesnt, she doesnt know that he is talking about killing Banquo. (act 3 scene 2 page 77)

(e) None by woman born will harm Macbeth The apparition is telling Macbeth that he wont be harmed by any man born by woman but the audience can see that there is a double meaning there. (Act 4 scene 1 page 103)

(f) Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane I cannot taint with fear Macbeth is saying that according to the prophecies he cannot be harmed but the audience knows there is a double meaning as Birnam Wood Has been moved by soldiers (Act 5 scene 3 page 143)

(g) Upon hearing Lennox refer to the strange and prophetic events of the previous night, Macbeth responds Twas a rough night.. (Act 2 scene 3)

He may seem to Lennox to be simply affirming Lennoxs observations, but having seen the discussions surrounding the murder of Duncan, we as audience know there is another meaning to Macbeths statement that Lennox cannot penetrate

(h) All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor, This dramatic irony backs up the theme of ambition and control. By showing that once Macbeth has a taste of more power, he will become obsessed with it.

This dramatic irony shows his increase in power and growing ambition, leading to a complete change in his lifestyle and results in his downfall. (act I, scene iii, line 51-52)