Juliet drinks a sleeping potion
to make her family think she is dead, but the audience knows she is only sleeping. Unfortunately, Romeo doesn’t know the truth. The audience wants to tell Romeo
what they know, but they cannot. In despair, Romeo chooses to kill himself. The audience knows the truth that
Romeo does not know, and this makes his decision still more tragic. This is dramatic irony. Dramatic irony happens when readers know
what the characters in the story do not know. What is the dramatic irony in this scene?