The Crucible: Act Three Irony Flashcard Example #47370

Judge Danforth:

“I have seen marvels in this court. I have
seen people choked before my eyes by spirits; I have seen them stuck by pins
and slashed by daggers.”

Dramatic Irony:

The reader already knows that all these irregular events are set up by Abigail. Though Danforth does not know this so he sides with her.

John Proctor:

“In her life, sir, she have never lied. There are them that cannot sing, and
them that cannot weep – my wife cannot lie.”

Situational Irony:

John Proctor say that his wife can’t lie only for her to come out and lie about why Abigail was dismissed from their service.

Judge Danforth and Elizabeth Proctor:

“…Why did you dismiss Abigail
Williams?”
“She – dissatisfied me….. And my husband. “

Dramatic Irony:

We, the reader, already know that John Proctor committed adultery, and admitted it, but Elizabeth does not so she lies to protect him.

Abigail Williams:

“Oh, Mary, this is a black art to
change your shape. No, I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth; it’s God’s work I do. “

Verbal Irony:

Oppose to what Abigail is saying she is actually doing the exact opposite. Instead of doing God’s work she is doing the Devil’s work.

John Proctor:

“A fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face!”

Verbal Irony:

He is calling the people on court, who believe to be doing God’s work, Lucifer for not considering the the girls are lying.

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