dramatic irony

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A dramatic effect in which the audience for a drama (in any medium) or the reader of a novel has information that characters lack that enables the audience or reader to understand the implications of a situation or of what is being said while the characters do not. The film Valkyrie (2008) is no less a suspense thriller because the audience knows that the plot to assassinate Hitler failed, and dramatic irony is a device intended to elicit empathy for the doomed protagonist.

Subjects: Literature — Media Studies.

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