This worksheet is a teaching aid designed to help students understand and identify examples of dramatic irony in Shakespeare’s plays. It contains three sections, each asking for an example of a specific act, scene, and lines from a Shakespearean play where dramatic irony occurs. Students are then prompted to explain what happens in these lines and how it constitutes dramatic irony. The worksheet is structured to encourage close reading and analysis of the text.
The worksheet aims to teach students the concept of dramatic irony, a literary device where the audience knows more about the situations, the causes of conflicts, and their resolutions before the leading characters or actors. By filling out the worksheet, students learn to recognize and articulate instances of dramatic irony, which deepens their understanding of dramatic structure and enhances their appreciation of Shakespeare’s craftsmanship. The exercise also develops critical thinking and analytical skills by having students explain why the identified scenes are ironic.