Chinyere Ojiakor, Nkechi Ezenwamadu


The article explores how dramatic irony which is a style in literature, used by playwrights to give the audience or readers more insight about the characters and situations in a play, was used by Rotimi in his play The Gods Are not Blame and Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer, to create suspense and a high level of climax. This work focuses on the importance, usefulness and ways in which dramatic irony occurs in a piece of drama, and various techniques and devices used by these authors in their works. Hence, this article presents a detailed analysis of the above mentioned as regards dramatic irony. Drama as a genre of literature has been part of the earliest Greek performance. In analyzing plays only but limited works have been done in the area of dramatic irony in relation to the out listed plays. Therefore, this research work aims at demonstrating the effectiveness of dramatic irony as a style in creating works of art. It also seeks to point out that aside all efforts gearing towards a tragic end as can be seen with , Rotimi’s The Gods are not to Blame it can bring some comic relief in which all ends well as seen in Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer .


Literature, Dramatic Irony, Playwrights and Audience

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