dramatic irony

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Definition of dramatic irony

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Even at this early point in the novel, the pages feel damp with dramatic irony. Ron Charles, Twin Cities, "Colson Whitehead’s ‘Nickel Boys’ shreds confidence in the triumph of goodness," 4 Aug. 2019 Even at this early point in the novel, the pages feel damp with dramatic irony. Ron Charles, Houston Chronicle, "In Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys,’ an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 30 July 2019 Most thrillers either exploit the dramatic irony of us knowing more than them or concentrate on withholding information from the audience. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘And Then There Were None’ is an old-school thriller, told in the dark. Come and be old-school thrilled.," 26 July 2019 Even at this early point in the novel, the pages feel damp with dramatic irony. Ron Charles, Houston Chronicle, "In Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys,’ an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 30 July 2019 Even at this early point in the novel, the pages feel damp with dramatic irony. Ron Charles, Dallas News, "In Colson Whitehead's 'The Nickel Boys,' an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 9 July 2019 Even at this early point in the novel, the pages feel damp with dramatic irony. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "In Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys,’ an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 9 July 2019 If anything, Far from Home could have been that much more fun with viewers sinking their teeth into a collective sense of dramatic irony from the get-go. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Far from Home," 1 July 2019 That disconnect is a kind of internal dramatic irony, where a part of us knows something another part does not. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "2019 Needed a Hit as Bleak as Chernobyl," 4 June 2019

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circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

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