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. However, when viewed from many angles, irony may be in fact the most important literary device used in novels. Throughout Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities irony presents itself through hyperboles, contradictions, and sarcasm to scrutinize European society and setting.
Irony is an important part of any story. As Thomas Foster writes in “How to Read Literature” that “irony trumps everything.” Some authors employ the use of irony to develop theme, setting, tone, or add depth to their characters. One example of this is Edgar Allen Poe using irony in “The Cask of Amontillado” to develop several themes, tones, and possibly some character depth. READ POETRY 846-848
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.
William Shakespeare, the author of Romeo and Juliet used irony very well. Juliet wants to be with her new secret husband, where as many have told her she has to marry. She does not want to do so, she and the Friar decide that she will fake her death and send a letter to her husband, Romeo, to tell him to get her away from Verona, Italy. Ironically, Romeo does not get this letter and thinks that she really is dead. He then kills himself to be with her. When Juliet awakes from the forged demise, she establishes that Romeo is dead and ironica...
Irony can best be described as what is said and what is meant some see it as sarcasm which is what it actually is. It can sometimes be a bit confusing or not make sense, yet at the same time it can also make sense. There are several examples of irony which can be organized in various categories.Dramatic Irony is one of those categories as an audience member, you can assume if you see some person walking in the woods at night walking in to a dark old house that they are going to die or going to have some misfortune. If a person who swears to be a vegan and avoids meats but will eat a slice of pepperoni pizza because they are hungry. It may not make sense, but it is an explanation of situational irony. Verbal irony is just like saying look at that it’s “as soft as a brick”. These are just three of the different ironies there are.
Irony is a common motif found throughout The Kite Runner. Irony is the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally implies the opposite, normally for humorous or emphatic effect. However, the use of irony in The Kite Runner was not used as much for its humorous effect as it was primarily used for its emphatic effect.
In the stories “Story of an Hour”, “Everyday Use”, “The Necklace”, and “The Lottery” it is evident that irony was quite a large part of the short story. There is situational irony, which is when the situation turns out differently than expected. Also, dramatic irony is present, which is when you as a reader knows more than the character. The authors seem to base their whole story around irony to surprise their readers.
In the book Hamlet by Shakespeare, irony is used numerous times in order to give the reader insight on what is going on. As stated in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, irony is an action that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play. If this strategy were not included in this drama, it would take away the whole purpose. This play would consist of no suspense and would be extremely boring to the reader because the characters would know as much as the readers know. This allows for incite to what can happen in the future or what has happened in the past. The irony in this play ultimately revolves around Hamlet and his plan to achieve revenge with Claudius. From the play that Hamlet organizes about the death of his father to the ending where Fortinbras happened to be at the right place at the right time to take over the throne in Denmark; this paper examines the cases in where irony is used to show how Hamlet is preventing his murderer uncle from getting away with his fathers death.
Irony is a useful device for giving stories many unexpected twists and turns. In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," irony is used as an effective literary device. Situational irony is used to show the reader that what is expected to happen sometimes doesn't. Dramatic irony is used to clue the reader in on something that is happening that the characters in the story do not know about. Irony is used throughout Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" through the use of situational irony and the use of dramatic irony.
Irony can often be found in many literary works. “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is masterfully written full of irony. The characters of the short story, Mrs. Mallard, Josephine, Richards, Mr. Brently Mallard, and the doctors all find their way into Chopin’s ironic twists. Chopin embodies various ironies in “The Story of an Hour” through representations of verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony.