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The Fatal Truth of Irony - Contemplating on characteristics of Post Modernism Irony is the most compelling alternative. In Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain”, the rich amount of sarcasm and irony invites readers on a journey that’s exceptionally written. The dialect that is used in this short story does not have any moderation to what is being portrayed as a real life event. Just reading the title alone “Bullet in the Brain”, causes one to imagine a horrific event with the conclusion of someone being gunned down unfairly....   [tags: Post Modernism Irony]
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Irony and Foreshadowing in Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find - As I read Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, I find myself being completely consumed by the rich tale that the author weaves; a tragic and ironic tale that concisely and precisely utilizes irony and foreshadowing with expert skill. As the story progresses, it is readily apparent that the story will end in a tragic and predictable state due to the devices which O’Connor expertly employs and thusly, I find that I cannot stop reading it; the plot grows thicker with every sentence and by doing so, the characters within the story are infinitely real in my mind’s eye....   [tags: Irony, Foreshadowing]
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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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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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The Irony of Life: Analysis of a Suicide Character - “Richard Cory,” a poem written by Edwin Arlington Robinson, quietly exposes the irony of a rich gentleman’s life. It relates the story of a wealthy man who is admired by many of his workers and the people in town. He seems to have a perfect life; he is nice to people, well educated, just, humble, and wealthy. Despite all of this, Richard Cory shot and killed himself without an apparent reason. The main character of the poem, Richard Cory, is an individual who represents the irony of modern American life....   [tags: richard cory,edwin arlington robinson,life's irony]
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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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Definition of Irony - Definition of Irony Irony is a word that has been around in my life since I was six years old. I remember it exactly, the day that the word entered my vocabulary. My mom and I were driving to my grandma’s house and I was reading a “Calvin and Hobbes” comic from the paper earlier that morning. Calvin had been saving a snowball in the freezer for 4 months and was going to use it. He snuck up on his nemesis, Suzy, and threw it as hard as he could, and missed. He goes into hysterics, wondering how he could have missed that perfect shot, while, at the same time Suzy is scooping up the pile of snow lying in front of her....   [tags: Irony Definition Essays] 656 words
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Irony in Oedipus And Story Of An Hour - Literature allows people to experience and learn life’s lessons through text. One of the most commonly used literary devices is irony. Irony can be defined as the difference between appearance and reality, or when a reader expects or assumes one thing and the opposite is true. It allows an author to engage and surprise the audience, which often also teaches an important lesson. Two classic examples of irony through literature are Oedipus the King by Sophocles and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin....   [tags: Chopin Sophocles Irony] 1336 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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Oh the Irony! - ... This story acquires a bit of irony seeing how he believes that in his dream he escapes the guards and manages to runaway mildly injured, when in reality Farquhar is still on Owl Creek Bridge on the verge of being hanged. It is not only how he manages to escape but the events that take place in his dream that make you question whether what is presented in the scene is happening momentarily; and the questionable scenes are what help distinguish between reality and the dream. In “Young Goodman Brown”, the usage of irony helps understand the main idea of the story....   [tags: reality, sin, dream]
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Analysis of Irony - Irony, by its definition, is a rhetorical device or literary technique that conveys a subsurface meaning which is exactly opposite from the literal meaning of its evident words. Writers tend to employ such a technique to evoke readers’ reconsiderations about the issue that stated by the writer. Jonathan Swift in his A Modest Proposal throws out what he called a “modest proposal”, which is utterly horrific and inhuman, to address the poverty problem. Mark Twin, too, expresses his enthusiastic and patriotic emotion towards the war in his The War Prayer....   [tags: Jonathan Swift, Modest Proposal] 744 words
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Irony of Management - The Irony of Management The greatest ion of the concept of management is that it is often mistaken for leadership. In most cases, successful managers are labeled leaders. Thus, if one manages his responsibilities well by adopting the right approaches, they will naturally become leaders. After all, leadership is all about managing high order things. In a nutshell, leadership focuses on setting direction or vision for an organization, which every member of the organization should follow. On the other hand, management controls, directs and coordinates people and resources in accordance with organization principles, values and established objectives....   [tags: Concentration on Leadership]
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Symbolism and Irony in The Story of an Hour - ... Mallard, had that caused his death. Spring time is also another example of symbolism, spring “symbolizing a new life to come, something new happening in her life” (123helpme Editors) means that it meant a new start of her new life without her husband in it. Coming in with the spring life were birds singing “symbolizing an oncoming feeling of wellness, a build up to her realization that she is now free of the tyrannical rule of her husband.” (123helpme Editors). There are some Ironic examples in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour.” At the end of the story when Mr....   [tags: Kate Chopin, literary analysis]
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Irony and Love the Center of Disgrace - Disgrace is a novel by J.M. Coetzee, which tells the story about a fifty-two years old professor, David Lurie, who by committing a series of mistakes falls into a profound state of disgrace. The main theme of this book is irony, which can be plainly defined as the outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been expected. Irony is genially employed to create a sense of satire and mystery throughout the novel. Another theme exposed in this book is the presence and absence of love, not only the love to a companion but to everything and everyone else....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ] 1150 words
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Irony In "Romeo and Juliet" - Irony occurs when there is conflict about what was stated and what something really means. There are three main types of irony. Irony can make the difference in a good book, and a great book. It is in just about every scene of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare uses different types of irony for many reasons. The first type of irony is verbal irony. It starts being used in the very beginning of the play when the chorus says “Two households, both alike in dignity” (prologue). The chorus states they are dignified, but they are really very undignified....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Irony in Act 1 of Macbeth - Macbeth Question – Discuss the irony in Act 1, Scene 4. Irony is very commonly used in literature. It is when something totally different from what was happened takes place. Irony is of three main broad types-verbal irony, dramatic irony and irony of situation. Verbal irony or sarcasm refers to the situation where the character deliberately means the opposite of what he or she is saying. Irony of situation or circumstance refers to a situation when the opposite of what is expected happens. Dramatic irony is the most commonly used one in plays....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 907 words
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Symbolism and Irony of The Story of an Hour - ... Mallard was afflicted with a weak heart”. She had a weak heart and she couldn’t take anything that would affect her in a big impact to her heart. Like at the end of the story when she found out that her husband was still alive and died she see laid eyes on him. She died because she saw all her thought of her future past right by her and couldn’t take the thought of being back with her husband. Another example is when they told her about her husband death but they wanted to tell her without hurting her in anyway....   [tags: semiotics, literary analysis]
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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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Dramatic Irony in Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare, the author of many various forms of writing, was born in Stratford upon Avon, in 1564. He wrote plays and sonnets alike, and occasionally combined the two. “Romeo and Juliet” was an example of this as many sonnets are used in it so as to display their love. This play was perhaps the shortest one that he ever wrote, and it is a tragedy that still warms the hearts of people today. It is, no doubt, amongst the most well known plays by him, and is greatly enjoyed by children and adults alike....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Irony in Swift's A Modest Proposal - Although I realize your concern, you have missed the point of this well thought out essay completely. Despite what you may think about A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift, this essay is a satire master piece filled with irony. Swift’s essay was not intended to convince people to eat babies, but to call attention to the abuses Catholic’s face from their well-to-do Protestants. He only uses eating babies in his essay to explain to the reader the impossible burdens the Protestants are imposing on the Irish Catholics and by making their life hard, they are making a life of a new born impossible....   [tags: A Modest Proposal] 806 words
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The Tone of Irony in The Unknown Citizen - “The Unknown Citizen,” a poem written by W.H. Auden, alludes to a time of great change in American history, where the poem is meant to mock the government’s viewpoint of the perfect role model for an unrealistic, impractical citizen. The author, W.H. Auden, writes and intends for the historical context of his poem to be in the late 1930’s, when America was going through the Great Depression. Citizens were losing a sense of nationalism for America and had begun to negatively view the government. During this time period, the government had also begun to distribute Social Security cards with personalized federal numbers to American citizens, which was the mark of depersonalization in America’s...   [tags: Philosophy, W.H. Auden] 1866 words
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Irony in "Brave New World" - By now, you should have learned about irony, one of the most important literary devices used. There are many definitions of irony, but a simple definition is the contrast between what was supposed to happen and what actually happens. Irony is separated into three types: situational irony (you crave oranges, turns out you are allergic to them), verbal irony (“Oh, you are so funny!” when someone is not funny [sarcasm]), and dramatic irony (while reading, you know there is a monster in the closet, but the character does not)....   [tags: Literature Analysis ]
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Realism: The Ending and Its Irony - Irony is common in realist novels that reveal the fall and/or rise of characters among other aspects. It is mostly shown at the end which is usually tragic but tell readers the fate of the characters. Realist novels have plausible events, with cause and effect in their stories — what the characters desire and the consequences they receive because of that. Realism in the novel, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, was clearly shown through Lily Bart's character with its ironic ending that had both her fall and rise as a character....   [tags: Reaist Novels, The House Of Mirth] 1131 words
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Irony in Punishing the Innocent - The animal allegory is a common device it storytelling, using specific animals to represent certain virtues or vices, ending in a moral teaching. These animals represent a quality that is central and unchanging, it is not in their nature to develop and evolve, and they stand as a single metaphor. Ben Johnson used allegory in the creation of his play Volpone or as it is styled in the in Quarto edition, Volpone, the Foxe (Parker 2), where each human character is quickly established through Italian names and other means as relating to a single allegorical character....   [tags: volpone, animal allegory, ben johnson]
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Irony of The Great Gatsby - Many authors use irony as a way of questioning the reader or emphasizing a central idea. A literary device, such as irony, can only be made simple with the help of examples. Irony can help a reader to better understand certain parts of a novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald helps the reader to recognize and understand his use of irony by giving key examples throughout The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald uses Gatsby’s lush parties, Myrtle’s death, Gatsby’s death, and the title of the novel to demonstrate how irony plays a key role in the development of the plot....   [tags: american dream, money, extravagant parties]
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Irony and Symbolism in Roman Fever - The short story, “Roman Fever” illustrates the shocking relationship between two women, Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade, by a chance meeting in Rome. As the story opens the two women are sitting on the terrace of a Roman restaurant that has an astonishing view of the Colosseum and other Roman ruins. While the women sit in silence and enjoy the tranquil view from the terrace they notice their daughters down below running off to spend a romantic evening with two young men. This triggers Mrs. Slades memories of her and Mrs....   [tags: Roman Fever] 834 words
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Irony in All King's Men - William Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men is novel that explores the political society and its influences. Like several politicians in modern society, several characters have qualities that seem unsuitable to the impression that have made. These ironies in All the King’s Men reveal how the characters have flaws, which can result in critical consequences. Jack Burden, Adam Stanton, Judge Irwin and Willie Stark are characters that with ironic traits. Jack Burden is known as the “student of history” ( Warren 372)....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Exposing The Irony of McCarthyism - Both The Crucible and “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” agree with the hypocrisy and lack of sense that the time called the Red Scare or McCarthyism began, fed and ended. The Crucible uses the Salem Witch Trials as an allegory to show this side of the Red Scare while Bob Dylan uses an obvious sarcasm to show his point of view. Both Bob Dylan and Arthur Miller expose the irony of the time period called McCarthyism. The Crucible was written to show people living during the Cold War how ridiculous their thoughts, actions and beliefs were....   [tags: Communism] 676 words
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Dante's Sense of Irony - ... In the Inferno, sinners are punished in a way that somehow reflects what they did wrong on earth. Sometimes the contrapasso is extremely similar, but sometimes it is the opposite - a mirror image. For example, circle five is where the wrathful and sullen go. The wrathful are seen standing in slime, attacking each other. From the slime Dante sees bubbles coming up. They lie below the mud, unable to see the sun because in life they refused to welcome it. During this time we see that Dante ridicules the damned for the first time....   [tags: Inferno, The Divine Comedy]
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The Irony Behind Imperialism - The Irony Behind Imperialism During the nineteenth century, Great Britain was one of the richest countries in the world; the British were able to colonize numerous countries and gain profits from each of the countries. With brutality and torture, the British went into these countries to civilize the native people and to obtain goods and services from the locals’ hard work. Rudyard Kipling was a British writer who was born and raised in Bombay, India. Kipling saw sides of colonization that other western people were not able to see....   [tags: Great Britain, West]
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Irony in Richard Cory - Richard Cory was written in 1897 by Edwin Arlington Robinson. This sixteen line poem tells a lot about human irony. Richard Cory, a very wealthy man, admired and envied by those who consider themselves less fortunate than he, unexpectedly commits suicide. The most fascinating part of this poem is the reason why he shot himself when he had everything. Through their own mental prejudices and exaggerations of reality, the people, by putting Cory on a higher level than them, also created a communication barrier that later pushed Richard to commit suicide....   [tags: Richard Cory Analysis]
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The Lottery Of Irony - Have you ever read the story of a princess kissing a frog, having it turn into a prince. Well, what if it didn’t become a prince, but she turned into a frog herself. This is called irony, something we would not expect to happen. In the story of the princess we would not expect that to happen. In the story “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson, we see this situation in another form. She uses irony to bring out the point in her story. “The Lottery,” offers an “ironic twist of fate” that causes wonder and makes one sympathize with the characters....   [tags: essays research papers] 528 words
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Hamlet – the Irony - Hamlet – the Irony         The existence of considerable irony within the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet is a fact recognized by most literary critics. This paper will examine the play for instances of irony and their interpretation by critics.   In his essay “O’erdoing Termagant” Howard Felperin comments on Hamlet’s “ironic consciousness” of the fact that he is unable to quickly execute the command of the ghost:   Our own intuition of the creative or re-creative act that issued in the play also assumes a struggle with the literary past, but one of a more complex nature....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Irony in The Signalman - The Signalman is as explicit in its irony, as it is effective in its purpose, of creating an awe of mystery around the story. To summarise the story we must first understand that in hindsight the very name of the story, 'The Signalman' is as explicit in its irony, as it is effective in its purpose, of creating an awe of mystery around the story. It cruelly but entertainingly, creates the false perception, a façade, of the story's name being based around the central character of the Signalman, when in fact it is in relation to the ghostly apparition, which gives 'Signals' to the haunted signalman in his secluded box....   [tags: English Literature] 1369 words
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The Irony of Abortion - The Irony of Abortion It is ironic that, in a nation that defines individual rights as supremely sacred, the most basic right to life is being systematically denied 1,500,000 persons each year. This is not done in the name of God but in the name of choice, pro-choice to be exact. Admittedly, too many young mothers find themselves in unwanted situations which carry with them very difficult and painful decisions. This we cannot overlook. They deserve our mercy, compassion, and love rather than harsh words and uncharitable judgment....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 618 words
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The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton - Irony is common in realist novels that reveal the fall and/or rise of characters among other aspects. It is mostly shown at the end which is usually tragic but tell readers the fate of the characters. Realist novels have plausible events, with cause and effect in their stories — what the characters desire and the consequences they receive because of that. Realism in the novel, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, was clearly shown through Lily Bart's character with its ironic ending that had both her fall and rise as a character....   [tags: Irony in Realism] 1109 words
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Use of Foreshadowing and Irony in The Cask of Amontillado - Though Fortunato is an intelligent wine expert, his expertise leads him to his death. In Italian the word Fortunato means fortunate, something that he is not by the end of the story. In “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe uses foreshadowing and dramatic irony and verbal irony to show Fortunato’s misfortunes which eventually lead to his death. Irony and foreshadowing are literary devices used in literature. Foreshadowing is when an element in the story is used to hint an event that will occur further along in the story....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe] 634 words
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The Use of Irony to Manifest Unfortunate Events - What is the most effective literary device used in the writing of short stories. As taken from dictionary.com; irony is a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated. In “An Ounce of Cure” by Alice Munro, irony is used to demonstrate the unfortunate outcomes that can come about as a result of underage alcohol abuse. The story has irony because the narrator’s parents rarely drink alcohol and are strongly against the thought of alcohol....   [tags: Literary Elements]
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Irony in Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal - Rhetorical strategies are techniques, which are used to make one’s writings more effective. The choice of rhetoric strategy depends on the type of subject being discussed. The effectiveness of appropriate strategy is directly related to the mood, which is to be created and maintained. For example if someone is criticizing the government, the tome is usually kept serious and Irony and satire are widely used in such writings. On the other hand while describing the recent developments in genetic engineering, the tone would be objective and humor or satire would be ineffective here....   [tags: Rhetorical Strategy and Techniques]
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Dramatic Irony in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story about two lovers who are from two disputing families, and their eventual suicides. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony throughout the play to create tension for the audience and foreshadow the ending. Dramatic irony is when the words or actions of characters in a story have a different meaning to the reader than to the characters. This is because the reader knows something that the characters do not. Romeo and Juliet’s death could have been prevented if the characters in the story weren’t so ignorant of their situations, and often times the reader recognizes this....   [tags: Literary Devices, Literary Tools] 874 words
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When Irony Lead to Settings and Society… - Irony: a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., especially as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme, or emotion. Readers fail to realize the importance of irony because of its common usage in most literary works. When an author provides irony in a novel, there are specific reasons why they do. Unfortunately, as readers, the development of irony does not capture our attention immediately, nor does it often hold analytical worth....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Dickens, French Aristocracy] 1022 words
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Examples of Irony and Symbolism in The Cask of Amontillado - ... Montresor finishes and Due to the lack of air Fortunato eventually dies. Representation of both Symbolism and Irony in “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. The Character Montreso is a very satanic man. In the article “The Cask of Amontillado Irony and symbolism” shows he “is an Italian aristocrat seeking revenge.” He had to been really offended by fortunate so he had to punish him. “I must not only punish but punish with impunity” (Poe 20) Montresor was crazy about his revenge. “In French montresor means my treasure....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, short stories]
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Evaluating Symbolism and Irony in "The Cask of Amontillado" - ... Living by his family motto “Nemo me impunelacessit.” as seen on the article Symbolism in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.’” Montresor was known for buying expensive wine. So he used that to his advantage to organize his master plan. As seen on the article by Trent Lorcher “I was skillful in the Italian Vintage myself and bought largely whenever I could.” Showing much pride in buying wine and showing off his money by chiding. Montresor is also a symbol of insanity. Montresor was getting satisfied over the music of the chains going back and forth....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, literary analysis]
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Plot, Irony, and Symbolism in "The Black Cat" - The Black Cat is a story about a man’s downward spiral into delusion as a result of alcoholism. The story starts out with the narrator proclaiming that he is sane despite the horrific events that he describes. The tale revolves around the narrators black cat, an innocent creature that is abused through no fault of its own. As the story progresses, the narrator becomes more and more violent, which leads to the murdering of his wife and his ultimate demise. In order to have a good story there are certain criteria that it should be judged on....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 803 words
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Irony Used in Austen's Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen combines the theme of irony with satire and drama in Pride and Prejudice to emphasize the overall basic plot of the story. Essentially, the positions and stances the characters hold on the issues on family, marriage, and love, change throughout the book, differing from the previous expectations seen at the beginning of the novel for each individual character. A great example of this is the position that Mr. Bennet holds on the idea of a happy marriage at the beginning of the novel, and then at the end, after many relationships developed, how everything ironically turns out....   [tags: pride and prejudice]
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Irony in Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton - Edith Wharton’s brief, yet tragic novella, Ethan Frome, presents a crippled and lonely man – Ethan Frome – who is trapped in a loveless marriage with a hypochondriacal wife, Zenobia “Zeena” Frome. Set during a harsh, “sluggish” winter in Starkfield, Massachusetts, Ethan and his sickly wife live in a dilapidated and “unusually forlorn and stunted” New-England farmhouse (Wharton 18). Due to Zeena’s numerous complications, they employ her cousin to help around the house, a vivacious young girl – Mattie Silver....   [tags: Edith Wharton]
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Supernovae: A Cataclysmic Effect of Pure Irony - supernova's what are they and where are they, what are these giant enigma's that scatter the universe. Supernova's come in all shapes and sizes, yet all of them are so bright that they can be seen from every point in the universe. A supernova is an extremely violent event but it is also the reason for everything we see around us. Every molecule in our universe was born from supernovae. They outshine entire galaxy's and can release trillions of times the amount of energy in our sun. They are so violent that if one went off a few hundred light years away from us it would wipe out our entire galaxy, the wave of radiation would vaporize and scorch our atmosphere....   [tags: killers, steels, hemoglobin, hydrogen]
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The Fixer: Irony - The Fixer: Irony Irony is an overpowering force in Bernard Malamud's The Fixer. The sequence of events which Yakov Bok goes through makes the entire novel ironic. The chief irony of the novel lies in the fact that what Bok is attempting to escape, he cannot escape. To understand the irony in the novel, it is necessary to examine two major events in the circular life of Yakov Bok. Bok is attempting the escape his life in the shetl. He is wrongly persecuted for a ritual murder and attempts to escape his physical and mental torture....   [tags: Bernard Malamud The Fixer] 825 words
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Irony in Hamlet - Many literary critics point to the considerable irony that exists in Shakespeare's Hamlet. This paper examines the play for instances of irony and surveys their interpretation by critics. Howard Felperin comments on Hamlet’s “ironic consciousness” of the fact that he is unable to quickly execute the command of the ghost: Eliot’s unhappy judgments are worth considering here, if only because they are based on an intuition of Shakespeare’s creative process that is so near to and yet so far from the one presupposed in the present essay....   [tags: Custom Term Papers Hamlet]
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Irony and Humor - Irony and Humor Two popular writing techniques used by many of the enlightenment’s great were irony and humor. Great writers such as Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere and Francois-Marie Arouet De Voltaire made excellent use of these techniques. With humor, both writers wrote stories which kept their audience involved in funny situations, while with irony the writers were able to explain their underlying messages. Born seventy-two years apart, they are a superb example of how these techniques were carried out over time....   [tags: essays papers] 1692 words
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Irony in Hamlet - Irony in Hamlet           This essay will discuss the issue of irony in Hamlet by dealing with the problems that arise as a result of Hamlet's attempt to avenge his father's death. One of the central problems is the clash between Hamlet's overpowering need to believe in the ghost of his father, who is the authoritative figure in his life, and the awareness that he lacks empirical knowledge of the truth. In trying to achieve this knowledge, Hamlet sets out on a mixed mission of accusation, revenge and the search for truth, finally causing the upset of the original revenge plot when it ricochets off Polonius' dead body and hits Hamlet in the name of Laertes....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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The Use Of Irony In The Stone - Irony is an important literary device in many stories and there are many examples of it in 'The Stone Boy'; by Gina Berriault, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In all of these works, irony plays an important role in the plot of the story. In 'The Stone Boy';, the title of the story is a good example of irony. The title indicates to the reader that Arnold has no feelings and is like a stone. The irony here is that Arnold cares more about Eugie than anybody, he just doesn't know how to express it....   [tags: essays research papers] 464 words
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Different Roles of Irony in Fussell - Different Roles of Irony in Fussell The excessive use of irony throughout World War I literature paints a colorful scheme of thoughtfulness and style. Paul Fussell gives one explanation in The Great War and Modern Memory by stating that the war itself "is ironic because every war is worse than expected. Every war constitutes an irony of situation because its means are so melodramatically disproportionate to its presumed ends" (7). Writers obviously realized the irony of war and in turn wrote in this style maybe not by intention, but because it was inescapable....   [tags: Papers] 1004 words
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The Irony of William Shakespeare's Othello - The Irony of William Shakespeare's Othello Irony plays a great role in ?The Tragedy of Othello?. The villain, Iago, plans from the very beginning of the play to ruin Othello?s life. All the major characters in the play believe that Iago is an honest and trustworthy person. The tragic irony is that Iago fools them all. Throughout the whole play Iago manipulates the people around him and lies to them. Iago is very distressed, because Michael Cassio was promoted to Othello?s lieutenant instead of himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Iago Essays]
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The Iron Hand of Dramatic Irony - The Iron Hand of Dramatic Irony Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus is considered by many scholars to be the most significant masterpiece of Greek drama. Through Oedipus Tyrannus, Sophocles is able to develop and establish dramatic irony, a theatrical device that allows the audience to understand the hidden meanings of the words and actions of the characters, though the characters themselves remain oblivious. Therefore, the behavior of the characters become ironic because they are unable to grasp the reality of the truth that is being unraveled before their eyes....   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus tyrannus essays]
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Irony in the Book of Esther - Irony in the Book of Esther One must be particularly cautious when applying the techniques of contemporary literary scrutiny to any portion of the bible since the bible, as it is handed to us, is a mosaic of stories written, interpreted and edited by countless individuals over the course of thousands of years. It would therefore be unreasonable to apply the same standards of examination as it would to a literary work that was composed by a single person living during a particular time period....   [tags: Papers] 648 words
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Irony in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Irony in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” is full of irony. Shirley Jackson most likely intended to use this amount of irony to make the over all story funny in its twisted theme. Each layer of irony used, prepared the reader to have the most dramatic reaction to the last and final blow that wrapped the whole story up. I would say the most major and obvious type of irony used here was situational irony. Jackson knew that what most peoples’ impression of the lottery is winning money or something good....   [tags: Shirley Jackson The Lottery Ironies Essays] 531 words
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Irony in Guests of the Nation - Irony in Guests of the Nation      In the short story, "Guests of the Nation," Frank O'Connor uses irony to illustrate the conflict which men face when their roles as combatants force them to disregard the humanity of their enemies. In both life and literature, irony exists when there is a contrast between expectation and reality. Verbal irony is defined as "a figure of speech in which the actual intent is expressed in words which carry the opposite meaning" (Thrall 248). In dramatic irony there is a contrast between a character's perception of a situation and the actual facts....   [tags: Guests of the Nation Essays]
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Irony in The Story of an Hour - Why do bad things happen to good people. We have heard this many times with the death of a car crash or another going bankrupt. Everyone has an ironic situation happen to him or her. Alanis Moressette performed a song about irony in the world’s lives. “…It’s like meeting the man of you dreams…then meeting his beautiful wife…” yeah isn’t THAT ironic, that seems to be my best fortune. Irony reveals a different reality than what appears. We see different types of irony in the stories we read, the songs we hear, and what we do in everyday life....   [tags: essays research papers] 521 words
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The Use of Dramatic, Situational, and Verbal Irony in Shakespeare's Othello - In the play Othello, Shakespeare uses many literary devices to help the reader understand the theme of the story. One of those many literary devices used in the play, is the wide range of irony. Throughout the pages of the book the reader will see the use of dramatic, situational, and verbal irony. Shakespeare does not use irony in an understated way, it is very direct, and can be found on almost every page of the book. The use of irony creates suspense, and adds interest as to what will happen....   [tags: Othello] 611 words
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Tragic Irony in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Tragic Irony of Macbeth   There are many types of irony used in Macbeth. Without the irony, the tragedy would not be quite so tragic. One type of irony used in Macbeth is verbal irony. This is when a character says one thing and means the opposite. Examples of this are when Macbeth says to Banquo, “Tonight we hold a solemn supper, sir, And I’ll request your presence (III, i, 13-14)” or when he says “Fail not our feast (III, i, 28).” Verbal irony makes the play more tragic because, if the reader understands the irony of what a character is saying, then the reader can see the true nature and intentions of the character....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 503 words
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Tone and Irony in Oedipus Rex - Besides for being an entertaining play, Oedipus Rex, is also an incredibly in-depth and insightful piece of literature. Sophocles does an outstanding job of bringing the play to another level, making the reader delve deep into the. Sophocles uses literary devices such as irony and tone to enhance the story. Tone and irony are constant throughout the play, and used well to develop the characters. From the beginning we know a lot about Oedipus, mostly from previous knowledge in previous plays. It is known that he was a hero and the leader of many people....   [tags: essays research papers] 531 words
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The Profound Irony of Shakespeare's Hamlet - Profound Irony of Hamlet       Irony, or the “hiding what is actually the case” in order to “achieve special rhetorical or artistic effects” (Abrams 135), is amply demonstrated in Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet.   In his essay, “Reforming the Role,” Mark Rose discusses the irony involved with the ghost’s appearance:   The ghost binds Hamlet to vengeance, but there is another and more subtle way in which the spirit of his father haunts the prince. It is one of the radical ironies of the tragedy that the same nightmarish figure who takes from Hamlet his freedom should also embody the ideal of man noble in reason and infinite in faculties – the ideal of man, in other words, as free....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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The Irony in the Title Nothing's Changed - The Irony in the Title Nothing's Changed In my opinion nothings changed is a tragic and revengeful poem, which reveals the veracity of the way nothing has changed even after apartheid. The poem is set in District six, Cape Town, South Africa and was written by Tatamkhulu Afrika. A man who once witnessed the solace and recreation of district six. There is an ample of irony in the title nothings changed. District six has changed physically but in no other way. For starters in stanza one the man is walking through district six which has been evicted of the ethnic cultures and instead been inhabited by whites....   [tags: Nothing's Changed Poetry Tatamkhulu Afrika Essays] 512 words
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Characterization and Irony in Pride and Prejudice - Characterization and Irony in Pride and Prejudice       "Like all true literary classics, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is still capable of engaging us, both emotionally and intellectually" (Twayne back flap) through its characters and themes. This essay illustrates how Jane Austen uses the characterization of the major characters and irony to portray the theme of societal frailties and vices because of a flawed humanity. Austen writes about the appearance vs. the reality of the characters, the disinclination to believe other characters, the desire to judge others, and the tendency to take people on first impressions....   [tags: Pride Prejudice Essays]
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Irony in Oedipus the King - Irony in Oedipus the King      When Sophocles wrote Oedipus the King, he knew that his audience would have some idea as to the outcome, his tale being a Greek tragedy which follows a strict form. Not wanting to write a predictable, bland play, Sophocles used this knowledge to his advantage and created various situations in which dramatic irony plays a key role. Dramatic irony is present when the tragic truth is revealed to the audience before it is revealed to the characters within the story....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Irony in Oedipus the King - Irony in Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex, by the Greek playwright Sophocles, is, without a doubt, one of the greatest examples of dramatic irony. There are many instances where the audience knows so much more than the main characters, and Sophocles uses irony to point to Oedipus as Laius' murderer as well. Additionally, Oedipus is most definitely a tragic hero-he had a tragic flaw, namely that he was relentless and often rash in his search for the truth about Laius' death and his killer; this ultimately lead to Oedipus' own destruction....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles] 545 words
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Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex - Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex In Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, there are several instances of dramatic irony. Not only does this irony give the plot a rounder shape, but it helps the audience understand, or follow along, the plot better. Dramatic irony is sometimes used to intensify a scene or act. By doing this, the plot of the story, or play, is made more interesting. One example is Oedipus taunting Teiresias for his blindness, both physical and stellar. He says, “You sightless, witless, senseless, mad old man!”, “You child of endless night....   [tags: essays research papers] 503 words
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Nuances of Irony in Hamlet - Nuances of Irony in Hamlet      The irony within Shakespeare’s dramatic play Hamlet is apparent to the casual reader/viewer. This essay will explore the various instances and dimensions of this irony.    In his essay “Hamlet: His Own Falstaff,” Harold Goddard explains the irony of the final scene:   Laertes begs Hamlet’s forgiveness and follows the King. Hamlet, as if visited by his own genius at the end, speaks to those around him as if they were gathered in a theatre as “audience to this act,” prevents Horatio from drinking the last drops of the poisoned liquor, and cries to his friend in words the whole world knows by heart:   Absent thee from felicity awhile, And in this h...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex - Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex             M. H. Abrams defines dramatic irony as a situation wherein:    “the audience or reader shares with the author knowledge of present or future circumastances of which a character is ignorant; in that situation, the character unknowingly acts in a way we recognize to be grossly inappropriate to the actual circumstances, or expects the opposite of what we know that fate holds in store, or says something that anticipates the actual outcome, but not aat all in the way that the character intends”(137)....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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How "The Cask of Amontillado" Uses Symbolism and Irony - ... Fortunato starts to scream and then Montresor joins him and Fortunato stops, noticing that Montresor was not joking. After Montresor completes the wall, he repositions the bones and for fifty years no one disturbed them. The fact that he didn’t confess of his crime for fifty years, implies that he was aghast of revealing his past experience. At the end of “The Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor ends the story by wishing Fortunato a peaceful rest. Lopez5 In “The Cask of Amontillado”, both symbolism and irony are omnipresent throughout the short story to append suspense and horror....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, literary analysis]
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Irony in Maupassant's The Necklace - Irony in Maupassant's The Necklace Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" is situational irony written in 1884. The story was written in a time when there were very distinct social classes primarily determined by one's birth. It is about a woman who can not come to terms with her position in the middle class. Although she knows she can not escape her class, she refuses to accept it gracefully. It is through Matilde that Maupassant develops the story's irony. This is reflected through Matilde's daydreaming, which only serves to torment her, the loss of the necklace borrowed for show, which only worsens their economic position, and finally, their unnecessary sacrifice....   [tags: The Necklace Guy de Maupassant Essays] 589 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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