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Journal 17

Journal 17 - In the Iphigeneia at Aulis dramatic irony...

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In the “Iphigeneia at Aulis”, dramatic irony plays this ever-present role which is continuously repeated throughout the play. There are two main instances of this irony that come to mind immediately: the first is when Agamemnon family arrives and the second is when Achilles meets Clytemnestra for the first time where she thinks he will be the husband of Iphigeneia. The question that I would like to further examine is “why is this use of dramatic irony by Euripedes so important to the performance of this play?” The audience of this play knows what is going to happen so why does Euripedes use dramatic irony? Why repeat something that the audience knows is going to happen? The first instance of dramatic irony plays a significant role because the audience can think beyond the present moment and try to think how Clytemnestra and Iphigeneia will react to the information that they will receive when they get there. This creates a feeling of suspense with the audience because they know the
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