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Effectiveness of Irony in Pixar Movies - ... One day, he was sued for saving the life of someone who did not want to be saved. Because of that, Mr. Incredible and other superheroes were mandated by the government to remain hidden behind their secret identities. Because of that, Mr. Incredible assisted in improving a dangerous weapon, believing it was for the greater good. Until finally, the world needed a true superhero to save them from that very machine. Pixar's fourth rule of storytelling appears in a majority of interesting and charming stories, but what sets Pixar movies apart from other films in the animated family film genre....   [tags: stroy, irony, movie, situation] 652 words
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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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An Analysis of Symbolism and Irony in Three Short Stories - ... Continuing this practice of rich symbolism is the description of the tombstone that Atkinson is carving, which oddly bears Withencroft’s name. The stone is flawed, just as Atkinson is, with a hidden crack in the back. The crack will never withstand the cold, just as Atkinson will be driven to madness by the stifling heat. There is even symbolism in the way that Atkinson waters his dying flowers, because even the things he tries so hard to save are perishing. All of these examples help to guide the reader to the realization of the theme, which is that people’s flaws become more apparent in adverse situations, such as Atkinson’s anger becoming overpowering in the heat....   [tags: symbolism, irony, august heat] 708 words
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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 - 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 - There are many things that can happen unexpected throughout life this is known as Irony. There are three different types of Irony, there’s Situational Irony, Dramatic Irony, and Verbal Irony. Situational Irony is when the opposite of what the characters and readers expect to happen happens like when you see a police officer of the peace getting arrested. Then there is Dramatic Irony which is when the reader knows something the character in the story might not know yet. The last example of Irony is Verbal Irony which is a twist of words to say things that might sound sarcastic like; this cake is as soft as concrete, meaning that the cake is too hard to be eatable....   [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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Symbolism and Irony in The Cask of Amontillado - ... According to Trent Lorcher, he states “In French, montresor means my treasure.” My treasure stands for the revenge that Montresor has against Fortunato. Theonly treasure Montresor is going to get is the “revenge” toward Fortunato (poe.20). Hernandez5 Montresor is not willing to be insulted again. And the only way to achieve what he wanted is killing Fortunato. Trent Lorcher sees Montresor as a pride man. “Fortunato has wounded Montresor’s pride (the snake biting the heel).” This is Montresor’s pride because these symbols represent the mason’s “the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel” (poe.22)....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, literary analysis]
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The Irony in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... However this is ironic since he killed him only two months ago. Furthermore, in this scene Claudius asks hamlet “How is it that the clouds still hang on you?” and Hamlet responds by saying “I am too much i’ the sun.” These play on words really mean he is much of a “son” and is suffering grief of his father’s death. Both Claudius and Gertrude are unaware of this pun leaving the reader and Hamlet the only ones aware. This irony builds tension because of the reader’s knowledge of the whole situation; creating suspense to what is going to happen next between the two....   [tags: suspense, revege, characters]
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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 - This story shows both irony and symbolism to a better image of how the character felt. Irony is what the opposite of what it was intended. Symbolism is any object, person, place or experiences that represent more then what it is. All three irony`s where use in the story which were verbal, dramatic, and situation. Verbal irony is when a twist on words is use in the story. Dramatic irony is when the reader knows something that the character does not know. Irony of situation is an unexpected activity takes place that is the opposite of what the characters and audience expects.Irony is used the most in the story and is showed when Mrs....   [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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Symbolism and Irony in The Cast of Amontillado - Anything that represents more than what it is, is symbolic. It’s often used by writers to enhance their writing. For example, the phrase "Life is like a roller-coaster" is symbolic because it means there will be ups and downs in life that you may or may not experience. Other times the author my better explain an object by using a symbol to represent it like a chain represents the coming together of two things. In elementary schools teachers use pictures of animals and objects with the same first letter of the next letter in the alphabet to remind them what letter come next by saying the name....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, literary analysis]
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Symbolism and Irony in The Cask of Amontillado - ... When they reach the end of the catacombs, Montresor chains up Fortunato to a man size hole in the wall and begins bricklaying with his trowel. Fortunato is not aware of this because he is intoxicated and thinks it is a joke. Once he realizes that Montresor isn't letting him out, he starts to beg Montresor to let him out screaming "For the love of God, Montresor!". Montresor starts to yell back out of complete madness and looks at him with a supreme look, and continues to lay the bricks on one by one....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, literary analysis]
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The Irony of the Republic that Never Existed - ... The restraints of laws are essential to liberty.” Well, as was said in the last paragraph, France, at that time, was a country of complete and utter chaos, with no laws to follow what so ever. So without laws, how could there liberty. I feel that the characters in the book longed to find a country order and laws, which is why they fled the country. It was well known then that liberty was outside France, not within. “An agreement of things in dimensions, quantity, or quality; likeness; similarity in regard to two things compared.” This is the definition of Equality as told by Webster’s 1828 Dictionary....   [tags: A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens novel]
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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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Cosmic Irony in The Odyssey - ... Poseidon, the god of earthquake, also shows fate at the end of book nine with his plans to destroy Odysseus’ journey home, “Zeus was still obsessed with plans to destroy/my entire oarswept fleet and loyal crew of comrades” (9.618-619). Poseidon tells Odysseus that he is not coming back to Ithaca, home, the same way it is when he leaves from there. Odysseus journey is planned to be tragic. Odysseus thinks that he can control anything but in reality, most of the time he cannot. The second feature of cosmic irony is false sense of freewill....   [tags: ancient Greek epic poems]
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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 we follow the journey of Dante as he wanders off the path of moral truth and into Hell. The Virgin Mary and Santa Lucia ask Beatrice, Dante’s deceased love, to send some help. Thus, Virgil comes to the rescue and essentially guides Dante through Hell and back to the mortal world from which he came. However, things begin to seem kind of odd. When reading the Inferno one may begin to question the way Dante describes Hell and the things that occur within, or even the things we have always believed about Hell....   [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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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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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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Irony in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - ... To add, Romeo tries to tell Tybalt that he has a reason for them to love one another, but he could not have done that without telling him that Juliet was his bride: I do protest I never injured thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise, Till thou shalt know the reason of my love; And so, good Capulet, which name I tender As dearly as mine own, be satisfied. (III, 1, 67-71) Shakespeare makes the reader strained in this situation because of the dramatic irony. The audience knew that Tybalt was apart of Romeo’s family which built the suspense....   [tags: tybalt, love, pleasurable satisfaction] 997 words
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Irony in Ties that Bind by Brenda Jackson - In the “Ties that Bind” by Brenda Jackson she identifies parts of situational and verbal irony in a romantic love story that assures the same connection in future relations. Most parts of this book comes expected but in odd way. There is parts of the story that author says one thing but means another which keeps it interesting and wanting more. It’s an inevitable love story that sort of keeps you on your toes. The story is simply predictable which makes situational ironies throughout the story a little challenging to find....   [tags: love, Jenna and Randolph] 560 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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Examples of Irony and Symbolism in The Cask of Amontillado - Writers often use symbolism in the story to give a more vivid description rather than just saying, pictures are a perfect example. Symbolism is the art of using any object, place, name or anything that represents something rather than its original meaning. A good example can be a roller coaster because it indicates that there will be ups in downs in life. Another example is the color Red this color can symbolize blood, passion or danger. Irony is another technique used in the story to give it a better understanding....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, short stories]
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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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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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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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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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