Objective: Dramatic irony occurs when the audience is aware of something that the characters in a book or play are not aware of. OEDIPUS THE KING was intended to be performed before an audience familiar with the story of Oedipus, and dramatic irony is an important element in the play. The objective of this lesson is to understand dramatic irony and how it is an important part of OEDIPUS THE KING.
1) Ask the students to research dramatic irony and bring in their own definition of dramatic irony, plus an example. At the beginning of class, have each student present his or her definition and example, and along with the class develop a class definition of dramatic irony.
2) Explain that Oedipus the King was written for an audience who was already familiar with the story of Oedipus. Ask students for examples of modern-day stories/movies where the audience...
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