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Symbolic and Ironic Techniques In The Story of an Hour - There are many symbolic and ironic references in this story. Symbolism is when the author uses an object, person, place, or experience that represents more then what it is saying. Such as in the movie Harry Potter, the scare on his forehead just doesn’t represent a pat injury. It represents love of his parents that gave their lives for him. Irony is the opposite of what is said or intended for the audience. There are several forms of irony. There are verbal, situational and dramatic ironies. Verbal is opposite of what the speaker has intended such a sarcasm....   [tags: The Story Of An Hour Essays]
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Ironic Parallel Between Afranius and Margarita - In The Master and Margarita, Bulgakov creates a world of parallel narrative planes with intriguing similarities between characters in each plane. One of the most interesting such doubles is the example of Margarita and Afranius. Although this connection may be surprising at first, there is plenty of compelling evidence to prove the conclusion that Bulgakov purposefully intended these two characters to be a pairing. I will show that this evidence is found both in the parallel between the similar surroundings of each character and in the striking parallelism of the two characters' function in the novel....   [tags: Character Development, Analysis] 772 words
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The Ironic Title of The Great Gatsby - The Ironic Title of The Great Gatsby      Titling is a very important part of the fiction-writing process. It is important for authors to be careful in choosing their titles because the titles often can have great influence on certain aspects of the story. In the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the title was formulated with the intention of heightening characterization through the use of irony. When readers start to read this novel, they immediately see a man who seems very glamorous and powerful while they have already been predisposed to seeing him in an alluring light due to the book's title....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Ironic Interdependence of Othello and Iago - The Ironic Interdependence of Othello and Iago At the start of Othello, Iago makes very clear to Roderigo the apparent cause for his hatred of the general. His lack of promotion to lieutenant leads him to declare: …be judge yourself, Whether I in any just term am affin'd To love the Moor. (I, i, 38-40.) FN1 As Roger Moore has pointed out in an essay accompanying this one, such a motive is not a grand-scale one, nor one which might cast Iago as the Universal Villain....   [tags: Papers] 1173 words
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Ironic Twist in Shirely Jackson´s The Lottery - ... She makes it sound like it is going to be an exciting event where someone is going to win something really big based on the excitement and magnitude this event is. The way Jackson describes the scene, it sounds like the town folk are a real close nit group of people who work together as well as play together. Jackson talks about the students showing up early and smiling and joking. In one case Jackson talks about a boy named Bobby who was running from his parents and laughing, building a pile of stones with Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix....   [tags: death, articulation, characters] 743 words
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Interpreting Symbolic and Ironic References in The Story of an Hour - Various authors use rhetorical devices to emphasize the plot or theme in their writings. Many use symbols to convey ideas or meanings. Others use irony to make the reader analyze or paint a vivid picture of the unexpected. We see symbols in our everyday lives. For example, in religion, the cross symbolizes hope and faith to the Christians. In astrology, there are numerous of symbols, called zodiacs that identify one’s destiny and are used to determine one’s horoscope. Furthermore, in ancient times, Egyptians used symbols to communicate with one other or for religious rituals; the scriptures were called hieroglyphics....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton - Down in Starkfield, Massachusetts dwells “the ruin of a man” (Wharton 3). Starkfield slowly displays itself as a sleepy town of monotony and woe with “perpetual pale skies” (Wharton 7). Stifled in a blanket of snow for more than half the year, it claims its inhabitants one by one as they slowly succumb to its hypnotic powers. One in particular suffers the most of all, Ethan Frome. His future once gleamed bright with the prospect of escaping Starkfield through the university, which he attended. He then leads a difficult life after the death of his father and leaving him with the responsibility of caring for his mother....   [tags: Ironic Symbols]
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Ironic Cycles - Ironic Cycles In The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway uses irony and symbolism to illustrate how a group of Americans and English expatriates lived life. They try to forget the war and restore a sense of meaning to their lives, which he would have liked to do. Hemingway’s attitudes are expressed in the book, including his idea of, “emphasize the optimistic idea of progress of life’s cycle.” When Hemingway was growing up, he would perfect his fishing during his family’s summer vacations to Horton’s Bay....   [tags: essays research papers] 728 words
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Ironic Misfortune - Ironic Misfortune Everything I learned in locksmith school was important to me. The variety of tools intrigued and amazed me, especially when I discovered that using tools didn't require very much strength as I had previously thought. I bolstered with pride that I was learning the mysterious secrets of the ancient trade. In my earlier years, I had dropped out of high school, consequently; my choice of jobs were limited. The prospect of an occupation other then tolerating the clumsy drooling drunks that frequented the lounges at which I had worked, delighted me....   [tags: Papers] 898 words
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An Ironic, Witty Short Story by Guy de Maupassant, The Necklace - ... Due to her materialistic and flirtatious personality, Madame Loisel is an unsympathetic character, she covets wealth and affection from prosperous playboys and neglecting all devotion Monsieur Loisel has to offer. “She would so much have like to please, to be envied, to be seductive and sought after”. The reader sympathizes with Mathilde once she has fought to repay her seemingly insurmountable debt and appears to overlook her physical appearance. Yet I feel as if this is a self inflicted punishment and therefore consider Madame Loisel as to be an unsympathetic character....   [tags: naturalism, appearance, “petite bourgeoisie]
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James Joyce's Araby - The Ironic Narrator of Araby - The Ironic Narrator of "Araby" Although James Joyce's story "Araby" is told from the first per-son viewpoint of its young protagonist, we do not receive the impression that a boy tells the story. Instead, the narrator seems to be a man matured well beyond the experience of the story. The mature man reminisces about his youthful hopes, desires, and frustrations. More than if a boy's mind had reconstructed the events of the story for us, this particular way of telling the story enables us to perceive clearly the torment youth experiences when ideals, concerning both sacred and earthly love, are destroyed by a suddenly unclouded view of the actual world....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 882 words
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Ironic Circumstances in Greasy Lake by T.C. Boyle - Ironic Circumstances in Greasy Lake by T.C. Boyle Sudden and Ironic events that happen to the narrator in T.C. Boyle’s short story “Greasy Lake” are the same type of events that in an instant will change a person forever. The ironic circumstances that the narrator in “Greasy Lake” finds himself in are the same circumstances that young people find themselves in when fighting war. The viewpoint of the world that the narrator has, completely alters as certain events take place throughout the story....   [tags: Greasy Lake T.C. Boyle War Essays] 1157 words
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The Ironic Title of Judith Guest's Ordinary People - The Ironic Title of Ordinary People The significance of the title "Ordinary People" is that it is ironic because there are not ordinary people in the book. It does not correspond with the novel itself. As defined in Webster's Dictionary, ordinary means usual, common, or normal. To most people, this is what they think they are. However, in the book being unordinary is common for most of the characters. The author of this book, Judith Guest, probably titled this book "Ordinary People" to make readers ask themselves, "What is ordinary....   [tags: Judith Guest Ordinary People Essays] 656 words
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A Literary Review of The Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison - While the words of “’Repent, Harlequin!’ said the Ticktockman” are new, the story is familiar. The ending is predictable; the reader knows that the Harlequin will be caught and the simple order of the dystopian society will be restored. The predictability of the conclusion is not a fault of Ellison’s writing, rather a merit. Ellison uses in depth characterization balanced with ironic outbursts and a mismatched plot to create a story that is predictable, for the right reasons, but memorable, for the wrong reasons....   [tags: plot, ironic outbursts, characterization] 561 words
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How I Met My Husband by Alice Munro - Unexpected alterations occur in everyone’s life. While one anticipates something to happen, adulthood changes the plan ahead. These unexpected turns have a name: irony. Consequently, ironic situations are just a part of growing up. Likewise, Alice Munro has masterly presented life’s irony. Her short stories explore the social realism of rural towns as well as practical reality. They are intellectually complex with well round engaging characters entangled within an interesting plot line. Most importantly, the guided principle to her stories is surprise....   [tags: ironic situations, life, ]
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The Story of an Hour - ... Mallard had stated was a form of verbal irony due to Mr. Mallard’s appearance later on in the story making the statement ironic since she in fact was not free from her husband. Another form of verbal irony that can be found in the story is about her condition of a certain heart disease. The irony in this is that she wasn’t affected by the heart disease in the time of her demise but because of her dismay seeing Mr. Mallard come through her front door. Dramatic irony is first introduced when Mrs....   [tags: symbolism, ironic references, analysis]
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The Ironic Dream - From the birth of America, to American today, the driving force has always been the ultimate, “American Dream”. The notation of the American dream began in the New World. The horrific living conditions in Europe helped attract the population to the New World, where they hoped for better living standards. Also, the economic boom in the 20th century instigated the myth of, “rags to riches.” The philosophy of the American dream promotes the ability for everyone to achieve prosperity without any barriers....   [tags: U.S. History ]
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Dufay's Piece for Peace: an Ironic Battle Between Structure and Word - Dufay's Piece for Peace: an Ironic Battle Between Structure and Word On April 8, 1433, the Pope Eugenius and Sigismundus, King of the Romans, united to sign a treaty of peace. The king was crowned Holy Roman Emperor and there was much celebration. To commemorate this joyful occasion, Guillame Dufay wrote the motet "Supremum est mortalibus bonum" ("The highest good for mortals is peace"), including the names of these two honored men in his great sustained chords near the piece's conclusion (Bent, CD notes)....   [tags: Music Musical Dufay Papers]
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Symbol and Ironic References in The Story of an Hour - The story of an hour its has lots of Irony and symbolism. Irony is a figure of speech where by an expression of something is made contrary the intending meaning. Symbolism is the applied use of symbol icon representations thatcarries particular conventional meaning. The term symbolism is often limited to use in contrast. All symbolic concepts can be viewed in relation where change in context may imply systemic change to individual and collective definition of symbol. This lady had a heart problem, she found out her husband was in train wreck she was sad but then she realized she was finally free she wasn’t as sad as people though she was she was actuallyhappy that she can tardy a new life....   [tags: peace, heart trouble, arm chair]
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Symbolic and Ironic References in The Story of an Hour - In “The Story of an Hour” Chopin uses irony and symbolism to help the reader understand the relationship between the Mallards. Symbolism is most often used in stories to explain the characters emotions or problems. Chopin uses many objects to represent Louis Mallards freedom. Chopin also uses irony in all three ways; Dramatic, Situational, and verbally. The most drastic irony she used in “The Story of an Hour” was situational irony. Situational irony was used when the doctors said Louis died “-of the joy that kills.” The characters didn’t know that Louis died contrary to what they meant....   [tags: Chopin, literary analysis]
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Irony as an Instrument - Irony as an Instrument Its 7:09 am and Olivia is woken up by a wetness between her legs. She looks down and finds that the wetness is actually her water that broke. She anxiously wakes up her husband John, and the two of them quickly gather their things. After nine long months of waiting, John and Olivia are finally on their way to the hospital to welcome their first child into the world. The two have already chosen Jacob Alexander as the baby's name and have the nursery ready for him at home....   [tags: Ironic Irony Essays]
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An Ironic Night - It was Friday night January 12 and Tanya, Heidi, and I were on our way to the movies. We drove in Heidi’s brand new 2000 silver Mustang. We were in the car listening to music and happy to get to see the movie that we have been waiting to see. We were going to see Save the Last Dance at 7:25 at Creve Coeur AMC Theater. Heidi took Lindbergh south to Old Olive until we reached the movie theater. The next exit was Old Olive and we got off at it. At that time it was about 7:10. The movie was going to start in 15 minutes....   [tags: essays research papers] 841 words
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An Ironic Hour - On the surface, "The Story of an Hour," by Kate Chopin is about a woman named Louise Mallard who is afflicted with a "heart condition." She is informed of the death of her husband, Brently Mallard, in a train accident. Brently Mallard's friend, Richards, confirms twice by telegram before he rushes to deliver the sad message. Her sister, Josephine, breaks the news to her in "veiled hints" and "broken sentences." At first she experiences grief, as one would expect, however she later has feelings of joy....   [tags: American Literature] 531 words
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The Ironic Battle for Democracy in Europe During WW I - As President Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany on April 2, 1917 because “The world must be made safe for democracy” (War Messages, 65th Cong., 1st Sess.), the United States joined forces with the allies very soon in a crucial time of the war; Germany made an armistice with Russia in December the same year, so Germany was able to mobilize all its troops to the Western Front. Back in the U.S, due to the separate but equal policy brought forth by the Plessy V. Ferguson supreme court ruling of 1896, military units were segregated....   [tags: world war, croix de guerre, democracy]
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Ironic and Satirical Paper on Nixon´s Political Career - ... Eisenhower kept him on the ticket just because of his looks and he went on to serve eight years as Vice President. He wanted to win by a lot. In 1960 Nixon ran for President, losing a close race to John F. Kennedy. The smell of hope. He was paranoid. Two years later he lost a bitter race for Governor of California to Pat Brown and retired from politics, telling the press, "There is always next year. He was paranoid. But Nixon's work on behalf of fellow Republicans over the next few years help him win the party's nomination for President in 1968....   [tags: United States, President, Politician] 648 words
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Children and Irony - Children and Irony Irony is, among many other reasons, problematic in the sense that it is both hard to define as well as sometimes hard to understand. Even the most critical and experienced of readers have missed instances of irony at times, and even more so ordinary readers. Furthermore, traditional conceptions of irony almost always talk about the "ignorant" audience that fails to detect the irony alongside the "knowing" audience that does detect it. These conceptions generally take a hierarchical view with regards to irony, commonly regarding those that fail to "get" the irony as being uneducated or ignorant (Hutcheon, 94)....   [tags: Psychology Children Irony Ironic Essays]
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Comedy Makes Us Superior to Absurdity - ... Therefore, Shakespeare’s usage of comedic techniques like classic wit, falling in love, and robust hilarity are a must in order to tip the scale in favor of comedy and keep the storyline sustainable. In addition, a form of classic wit is clearly present when Beatrice assures to Benedick they won’t ever love each other, “A dear happiness to women. They would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood; I am of your humour for that. I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.”(Act I Scene I), this is of importance since their unhealthy competitiveness reveals them to be childish novices when it comes to love....   [tags: tragedy, ironic, competitivenes] 648 words
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Power of Irony in Literature - Strictly speaking, irony is simply a discordance or incongruity of facts. It arises when a discrepancy occurs between what a person says and what he does . Chua, in his Enjoying Fiction discusses that there are three forms of irony that exist in literature. These are the verbal, situational and dramatic ironies. When used properly, the irony as an element of fiction not only arouses the interest of the readers but also supplements the message that the author intends to translate....   [tags: Irony Ironic] 1245 words
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Moliere's Play, Tartuffe - In Tartuffe, Moliere creates a play that is interesting in so many ways. His comedy reflects a lot on the role of men and women within a family. During this time, it was common for the man to be the head of the household and women to be submissive to the men. Men held the power in the family and made all the decisions. In this play, a man's point of view is the only view that matters. All else do not serve an importance. His lack of trust and awareness for other people's feelings and needs has caused great conflict in his family....   [tags: ironic/comedy playwrights, story analysis]
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Irony in the Story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Irony in the Story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson      In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” irony is an underlying theme used throughout the story. The setting is introduced as a “clear and sunny” day, but ends with the brutal death of a housewife (715). The two people who essentially run the town, Mr. Graves and Mr. Summers, also have ironic names. In addition, the characters and the narrator make ironic statements throughout the story.      The plot as a whole in “The Lottery” is filled with ironic twists....   [tags: The Lottery Shirley Jackson Literature Essays]
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Irony in the Red Badge of Courage - ... This is ironic because soon before it happened, Henry felt proud of himself for not running from the first battle. Also, Henry believes that he did the right thing by running and blames the soldiers that stayed and defeated the enemy for doing the wrong thing. He tried to justify his action by throwing a pine cone at a squirrel and watching it run away. Another ironic instance was when Henry went into the woods to find peace of mind spiritually. Soon after, he encounters a corpse of soldier getting destroyed by insects....   [tags: Stephen Crane novel]
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Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton’s novel, The Age of Innocence, has an ironic twist to the plot of the story. The official definition of irony is: the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. Many famous novels have an ironic twist to the plot of the story. Such novels, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Flies, and The Great Gatsby. “The Age of Innocence takes place during the last breath of New York high society, although its members did not sense the dramatic changes coming to their world” (Hadley11).1 Wharton, uses irony typically for a humorous effect....   [tags: irony, literary analysis]
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” irony is an underlying theme used throughout the story. Shirley Jackson involves residents in a preparation of following a longstanding traditional process of lottery. However, this proves to be a different type of lottery as the winner gets a different form of present. This is unknown to the reader of the story until when the story is almost over. Residents gather at 10 in the morning in the square that is located between the bank and the post office awaiting the arrival of Mr....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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The Sniper - War is a very controversial dilemma, which could be solved in an orderly fashion rather then a callous disaster where young men and women die. This cataclysmic story takes place in a short story written by Liam O'Flaherty, the story takes place in Dublin, Ireland during the 1920's where a Republican sniper is involved with a terrible accident. He suffers dramatic injury to the soul and heart when someone that he loves dearly is shot. The story's theme is intensified through situational irony, which shows the pointlessness of armed conflict....   [tags: essays research papers] 488 words
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“The Cask of Amontillado” --- Full of Irony - Edgar Allan Poe is a famous writer in writing detective stories and horror stories. One of his horror stories, “The Cask of Amontillado” was talking about how a man took his revenge to his friend. However, to look deeply in this story, I found that this story was not just simply a horror tale about how a man gets his revenge in the safest way. Instead, it also demonstrates much irony in several areas: the title, the event, the season, the costume, the environment, the characters’ personalities, a man’s dignity and cockiness and at the end, the public order....   [tags: Literature Review]
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The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe - Usually any object, name, place, or thing symbolizes something else besides its original significance. For example a skull can represent danger or warn anyone that something can harm them or be deadly. Dramatic Irony, an unexpected activity that occurs from the expected outcome, is used in the story. Verbal Irony, a twist in words that shifts the meaning to an opposite direction is also used in “The Cask of Amontillado”. For example watching the downpour rain and stating “Great day for a picnic, right....   [tags: symbolism, irony, literary analysis] 1162 words
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Use of Irony in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 - In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, irony is often used to convey information and contribute to the overall theme of the novel. Many parts of the book contain this irony because it works well for fueling either the main antagonist or protagonist actions. Fahrenheit 451 is a book based on the ideals of a “utopian society” where books are illegal and burned if they’re found. Firemen are ordered to burn books and all houses that contain them, versus putting out fires and protecting people. In communities people don’t think, they cannot be ‘intellectuals’, and they are forced become drones of the government’s ideals....   [tags: Farenheit 451 Essays]
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Realism in Wharton’s The House of Mirth - In realist novels, the author gives readers a sense of the real world by avoiding the dramatic aspects of other genre of novels. The realist novels are more focused on the character(s) rather than the action and the plot by showing the character’s real complications of nature and motives in society. Therefore, “realist novels typically end in fall or failure, often as an ironic commentary on social values of self-improvement or success. A character may get what he or she desires, but be faced with the unexpected consequences of that desire” [Prompt]....   [tags: Realist Novels, Character Analysis] 1347 words
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Irony in World War II as Discussed by Paul Fussell - The Importance of the Irony in the Interpretation of the Great War: The World War I was the first war fought after the industrial revolution that took place in Europe. The countries that were involved in this war were overly presumptuous that this war would be quick and efficient, because of the new weaponry that was the byproduct of the industrial revolution. But the soldiers realized that they were wrong about it. They thought the war would be over "before the Christmas" of year 1914. But they were wrong, and therefore found it necessary to disillusion the people back at home....   [tags: World History] 489 words
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Chaucer and the Humor of the Canterbury Tales - My presentation is based an article titled The Inhibited and the Uninhibited: Ironic Structure in the Miller’s Tale it s written by Earle Birney. The literary theme that Birney is discussing in his essay is structural irony. Structural irony is basically a series of ironic events and instances that finally build up to create a climax. The events and the climax the Birney chooses to focus his essay on are the events that lead towards the end when almost each character suffers an ironic event: Absolon: kisses Alisoun’s backside Nicholas: gets his backside burned John: falls from the tub and breaks his arm Ironic events and play on words were used to lead to this ironic climax....   [tags: essays research papers] 523 words
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Irony in Lord of the Flies - The Lord of the Flies initiates an ironic structure from its first chapters that becomes evident by the end of the book. Both Ralph and Jack’s attitude are different in the beginning of the novel to the way they turned out in the end. It is ironic how the most optimistic or hopeful situations in the book turn out catastrophic and society only falls apart more. On the surface the story implies that it is the boys’ age and inexperience that causes them to create such a corrupt society, however, on the contrary, there is an exaggerated respect for the ‘adult world’ as you consider the reason why the boys are on the island in the first place....   [tags: essays research papers] 988 words
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Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal - “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift takes place in Dublin Ireland in the 18th century. The narrator is a very ironic character. His “modest” proposal is anything but modest. This short story takes place during a famine. Since there was a famine, Swift proposes the idea that people sell their one year old children to the rich so they would not be a burden to their family. One important way in which the author engages the audience’s attention and tries to help his readers see deeper political, moral, and social truths and problems is through his use of irony....   [tags: a satire from the 18th century]
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Irony in Everyday Life - In general, a discrepancy between appearances and reality is irony. Irony is encountered thoughout our daily activies and comes in many forms; verbal, situational, and cosmic. Verbal irony is the most familiar kind, this occurs when we understand that the speaker's meaning is far from the usual meaning. For example, Sally rushes all morning to get to the parking lot early, only to find her space taken, she then exclaims,"This is exacly why I rushed, just so I can hunt for a empty space." We understand that she is not happy, and that her meaning is not literal....   [tags: Irony Essays] 412 words
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The Downfall of Hamlet - In many of William Shakespeare’s plays, the main character is driven to make decisions based ironic situations they are faced with. Oftentimes, these decisions ultimately lead to their downfall. In William Shakespeares, Hamlet, the author uses both situational and dramatic irony to facilitate the downfall of his characters. In this tragedy,Shakespeare exemplifies this irony through Hamlet’s sexual tension for his mother, the irony surrounding the role of Laertes in relation to Hamlet as well as the situational irony surrounding the role of Claudius....   [tags: Literary analysis, shakespeare]
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The Use of Imagery and Irony in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby has been around for ages; it is a story of a young man in the 1920’s who is thrown into a new world made up of the new and the old rich. He is confused by the way these people act and in the end cannot stay another minute in this strange, insensitive, materialistic world. The author, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses many techniques to help the reader understand how Nick Carraway (the narrator) is feeling throughout the story. In the book The Great Gatsby, the author F. Scott Fitzgerald uses effective language to make his writing successful....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1117 words
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What Makes the Pardoner Corrupted in Geoffrey Chaucer The Pardoneer´s Tales - ... He point out that he really care of other people except himself. For his gluttony and his greediness, he don’t care anything else, that means his teaching and his way of doing are all wrong. The Pardoner said, “Do you believe, as long as I can preach, acquiring gold and silver while I teach, that willfully I’d live in poverty. It’s never crossed my mind, quite truthfully. No, I will preach and beg in sundry lands and never will I labor with my hands or take up basketweaving for a living. I won’t be begging idly, they’ll be giving”(Chaucer 439 - 447)....   [tags: greediness, gluttony, selfnesses] 699 words
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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - What is irony. Irony is a figure of speech in which the intended meaning is actually the opposite of what is expressed by the words the author used. This technique is used to ridicule or mock a particular subject by expressing laudatory remarks, but implying contempt and denigration. There are several examples of irony in the novel _All_Quiet_on_the_Western_Front_ by Erich Maria Remarque, a realistic, yet fabricated account of a soldier's experience in an international war. The lighthearted irony quickly transitions into dark satire with the use of dramatic irony, the setting, and situational irony to mock the glorification of war and introduce reality....   [tags: story analysis] 756 words
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Irony in All Quiet on the Western Front - ... In addition, when Haie is beating Himmelstoss, Paul’s description of the final blow is that Haie, “… reached out his right arm… he looked as if he were going to reach down a star.” (49). Remarque used an ironic play on the name of the corporal, since Corporal Himmelstoss has a name that is also a play on German words; “himmel” meaning “heaven” and “stoss” (stoß) meaning kick, push, and other similar words. In effect, the beating that Himmelstoss receives is pushing him down from the “heaven” that was his authority over the men....   [tags: Erich Maria Remarque, literary analysis] 841 words
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