MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

10433 views

What's the difference between dramatic and proleptic irony?

Both of these are literary devices used in playwriting. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows something relevant to the plot that the characters are not aware of. For example, in a play about the assassination of JFK, the audience would be expected to know that the president is going to be killed, and how it happened. The characters in the play, however, are not aware of this. Proleptic irony, on the other hand, occurs when an earlier event gives the audience a clue ("foreshadows") a later event in the play. To use the scenario of JFK's assassination again, perhaps a security advisor might say to the president earlier in the play that it would be worthwhile increasing the security detail when the president is in public, as there is an increased threat of assassination. This would foreshadow the actual assassination of JFK – it gives the audience a clue that perhaps JFK is not being cautious enough, and that there is a chance he will be killed.

Miles L. A Level Philosophy tutor, A Level Religious Studies tutor, M...

2 years ago

Answered by Miles, a GCSE English tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

174 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£30 /hr

Laura A.

Degree: Medicine (Other) - Leeds University

Subjects offered:English, English Literature+ 4 more

English
English Literature
Biology
.UKCAT.
-Personal Statements-
-Medical School Preparation-

“I am a medical student with a degree in Clinical Sciences. I am an enthusiastic teacher with experience helping students maximise their potential.”

MyTutor guarantee

John D. GCSE English tutor, A Level English tutor, GCSE Biology tutor...
£30 /hr

John D.

Degree: English language and literature (Bachelors) - Oxford, University College University

Subjects offered:English, English Literature+ 3 more

English
English Literature
English Language
Chemistry
Biology

“Hello hello About me: I am a third year English Literature and Language Student at University College, Oxford. Amongst the things I feel most strongly about our drama, literature and teaching. I am a student ambassador at my college ...”

£18 /hr

Ayokansola A.

Degree: Civil and Structural Engineering with a Year in Industry (Masters) - Sheffield University

Subjects offered:English, Spanish+ 4 more

English
Spanish
Science
Physics
Maths
Economics

“About Me: Hello! I am a Civil Engineering student at the University of Sheffield. I have always had a natural incline towards all things Maths and Science, so without a doubt, my genuine passion for the subjects’ I am offering will be...”

About the author

Miles L. A Level Philosophy tutor, A Level Religious Studies tutor, M...

Miles L.

Currently unavailable: for new students

Degree: Philosophy & Theology (Bachelors) - Oxford, St Benet's Hall University

Subjects offered:English, Religious Studies+ 9 more

English
Religious Studies
Philosophy and Ethics
Music
Maths
Further Mathematics
English Literature
English Language
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“I'm a confident and patient tutor, with plenty of experience teaching in both one-on-one and classroom environments. ”

You may also like...

Other GCSE English questions

What is the best way for me to remember quotes from the text and make sure I can use them in a relevant manner in my essays?

How does Steinbeck use foreshadowing in his novel, Of Mice and Men?

In a closed book exam how can I remeber quotes that demonstrate my understanding of the text?

What's the difference between dramatic and proleptic irony?

View GCSE English tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok