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Confusion about Hypocrisy and Irony watch

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    I'm writing an essay on the use of irony and hypocrisy in Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta but I'm starting to get muddled up over what counts as irony and what is hypocritical in the play.

    Here's a quote from the play which I'm writing about:
    "A counterfeit profession is better than unseen hypocrisy"

    Is unseen hypocrisy also irony?
    If someone is hypocritical aren't they always doing so unwittingly (and therefore it is unseen)?

    I've found people online discussing hypocrisy as a type of irony - mainly 'Situational Irony' in which they define:
    1) someone saying something but doing the opposite accidentally as irony
    2) someone saying something but doing the opposite intentionally as hypocrisy.

    I'm going around in circles getting really confused over this so if anyone would be able to help clear things up in my mind it would be hugely appreciated!
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