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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Power of Irony in Literature - Missing Works Cited 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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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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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 - ... It also looks like his outfit symbolizes him being drunk and acting foolish. Russ declares “It isn’t known what kind of unhappiness was caused to Montresor, but it seems relevant to the personal insult or embarrassment to his family or to his pride.” Whether it was something very bad or not that bad Villegas5 Montresor’s pride pushed him to punish Fortunato, but not just punish he had to “punish with impunity.” (Poe 21) One critic from Bright hub education points out that “In French Montresor means my treasure....   [tags: symbolism, irony, literary analysis] 1162 words
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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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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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Turns and Twists in Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find - Turns and Twists in Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find Irony is a useful tool for giving stories unexpected turns and twists. In Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," irony is used as a very effective literary tool; to guide the story in and out of what we think will happen. O'Connor uses irony in this story to contradict statements and situations to expose a truth very much different from what "we" the reader would think to be true. O'Connor use irony in several different forms, situational irony, dramatic irony and verbal irony to make the story unpredictable and interesting to read....   [tags: O'Connor Flannery Good Man Hard Find Essays]
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Irony in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - Irony in “Young Goodman Brown”         Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale “Young Goodman Brown” is replete, is saturated, with irony. This essay will amply illustrate the validity of this statement. At the outset of the story a young Puritan husband departs at sunset from his young Puritan wife, “And Faith, as the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap, while she called to Goodman Brown.” The author says that Faith is “aptly named,” an ironic statement since she, later in the evening, is being received into the assembly of devil-worshippers as a new convert to the evil group....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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Use of Logic in Monty Python and the holy grail - Monty Python and the Holy Grail Logic affects our lives everyday. We use it both subconsciously and consciously to make decisions which can be as important as our careers, or as insignificant as what to eat for lunch. Logic can also be used in other ways. Ironically, others’ bad logic can result in us learning something just as much as we learn from our own bad decisions. This is shown in Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail. One example of this ironic use of logic is with the trial of the witch....   [tags: essays research papers] 444 words
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Creating Situational Irony in Poetry - Creating Situational Irony in Poetry Poetry often tells a brief story which encapsulates the entire life of a character in a few verse paragraphs. A skilled poet can generate an infinite variety of emotional responses from the reader, depending upon whether he or she intends the general tone of the work to be happy, sad, comedic, or ironic. In particular, situational irony can be difficult to create unless the correct words are chosen to direct the reader to the intended ironic conclusion. In his poem, "Mr....   [tags: Papers] 336 words
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Racism Kills - Racism dates back thousands and thousands of years back to the caveman times. In the short story “Desiree’s Baby”, Kate Chopin shows how discrimination by skin color can affect people. Desiree was abandoned and raised by Madame Valmonde. Armand, the father of the baby, was a member of the most notable families in Louisiana. He falls in love with Desiree and marries her. After they have a baby, their relationship quickly corrodes. A few months later, Armand realizes the baby’s skin has a darker tint than usual....   [tags: Racial Relations, Racism] 757 words
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Use of Irony in Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken - Use of Irony in The Road Not Taken "The Road Not Taken," perhaps the most famous example of Frost’s own claims to conscious irony and "the best example in all of American poetry of a wolf in sheep's clothing." Thompson documents the ironic impulse that produced the poem as Frost's "gently teasing" response to his good friend, Edward Thomas, who would in their walks together take Frost down one path and then regret not having taken a better direction. According to Thompson, Frost assumes the mask of his friend, taking his voice and his posture, including the un-Frostian sounding line, "I shall be telling this with a sigh," to poke fun at Thomas's vacillations; Frost ever after, according t...   [tags: The Road Not Taken] 689 words
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Use of Situational Irony in The Season of Divorce - Use of Situational Irony in The Season of Divorce          John Cheever's "The Season of Divorce" could be viewed as nothing more than a story of hopeless love, a tale of something that could never be. It is through the author’s use of tone in the story that a theme deeper than simple forbidden desire is conveyed. The situation between Ethyl and her husband, the narrator, reflects one of hidden resentment; a product of imposed societal stresses. Through the use of situational irony, Cheever gives the reader a feeling of instability and hopelessness found in a seemingly secure setting, this being a marriage of rather longstanding....   [tags: Season of Divorce Essays] 672 words
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Comparing The Pardoners Tale and The Nun's Priest's Tale - Irony in The Pardoners Tale and The Nun's Priest's Tale   Irony is the general name given to literary techniques that involve surprising, interesting,or amusing contradictions. 1  Two stories that serve as excellent demonstrations of irony are "The Pardoners Tale" and " The Nun's Priest's Tale," both from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Although these two stories are very different, they both use irony to teach a lesson.         Of the stories, "The Pardoners Tale" displays the most irony....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Darkside of the Industrial Revolution Exposed in Poems by William Blake, Michael Thomas Sadler, and Percy Bysshe Shelley - In England during the industrial revolution there was a lot of poverty and pollution, especially in the main towns where the mass unemployment and people often had to go into the work houses. The conditions that they were made to work in were overcrowded. There was no sanitation or anywhere to clean, and there was a large amount of pollution. These all led to diseases among the workers. Some of the jobs that the children were made to do were chimney sweeping or selling matches. Adults had to do bone crushing for fertilisers, working in kitchens and doing the laundry for rich people....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 2664 words
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Explore how Charles Dickens presents Miss Havisham in chapter 8 and what the function of her character is. - Dickens made a haunted tone for Pip’s introduction to Miss Havisham.It is symbolic how her house is described. `Had a great many bars to it. Some of the windows had been walled up … all the lower were rustily barred`. Dickens life was quite tough for him when he was a child. At a young age Dickens went to a Grammar School until his father went bankrupt due to some bad investments. After this unfortunate event Dickens was taken out of his grammar school and he was forced to work at a blacking factory which is where they made shoe polish....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1223 words
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Plot Development in Good Country People and A Rose for Emily - In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People”, the characters and theme are developed through irony, suspense, and symbolism. Some readers might find the title of Faulkner’s story, “A Rose for Emily,” ironic. As a Symbol, the rose usually signifies romantic love. Assuming that Faulkner is well aware of a rose’s symbolic meanings, why does he wish to name his story about a doomed and perverse love affair. Faulkner causes the reader to believe this is a classic love story....   [tags: Compare and Contrast]
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez - When I first read Chronicle of a Death Foretold, I did not pay close attention to the deflating of authority with the characters Poncio Vicario, Colonel Aponte, and Father Amador. After listening to the presentations, everything made more sense. The true depth of the Vicario brothers’ threat to kill Santiago fails to be recognized by those in authority. The most respected official of the town, Colonel Aponte, does little to prevent the murder and fails to uphold the honor he has been charged with protecting....   [tags: poncio vicario, colonel aponte, father amador]
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Great Expectations: Use of Irony - Great Expectations: Use of Irony Many professors, analysts, and common readers believe that Great Expectations was possibly the best work of Charles Dickens. Perhaps it was because of the diverse themes displayed by Dickens, which modulate as the story progresses. A clear example of the measures taken by the author to create diversity, is the application of irony. Dickens uses Rony to create suspense and conflict in plot events related to Estella, Miss Havisham, the convict, Joe, and Mrs....   [tags: free essay writer] 716 words
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Australian Humor and the Australian Identity - Australian humour is very unique to Australia, and many other cultures find it quite unusual. It can be described as dry, anti-authoritarian, self-mocking, very ironic and as to stretch the boundaries of what is acceptable. Our humour is seen through our use of slang, print cartoons, radio sketches, comedy series’ on television, films, everyday life and in Australian literature. According to the Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus , humour means, “The quality of being funny; the ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous; situations, speech or writings that are humorous”....   [tags: Australia, Humor, ] 1897 words
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For the Love of God, Poe! - It is not at all surprising that so many of Edgar Allan Poe’s works explore such themes as death, eyes, the power of the dead over the power of the living, retribution, the human conscience, and especially death and murder. From his disturbingly morbid short story “The Telltale Heart” to the mysteriously supernatural poem “The Raven”, Poe’s tales are a direct byproduct of the mayhem experienced in his life, as well as his (arguably) psychologically-tormented mind. Though all of this author’s pieces are very rich in elaborate themes, motifs, and especially fantastically blatant irony, one particularly stands out to me -- “The Cask of Amontillado”....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser - One of the most shocking books of the generation is Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation. The novel includes two sections, "The American Way" and "Meat and Potatoes,” that aid him in describing the history and people who have helped shape up the basics of the “McWorld.” Fast Food Nation jumps into action at the beginning of the novel with a discussion of Carl N. Karcher and the McDonald’s brothers. He explores their roles as “Gods” of the fast-food industry. Schlosser then visits Colorado Springs and investigates the life and working conditions of the typical fast-food industry employee....   [tags: Fast Food, America, Health]
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