Irony in A Midsummer Night's Dream
As a comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is filled with examples of irony, a literary device in which the audience knows something that the characters on stage do not. Many of the most comical instances of irony in the play are those involving the laborers’ excessive, ironic confidence in their acting ability. The audience knows that they are horrible actors, and irony adds to the humor of this.
Irony Examples in A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Act III - Scene I🔒
Act IV - Scene I🔒
"I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream. It shall be call'd ‘Bottom's Dream,’ because it hath no bottom; and I will sing it in the latter end of a play, before the Duke...." See in text (Act IV - Scene I)