Theme Of Irony In The Pearl

analytical Essay
948 words
948 words

Literary Analysis Essay The book The Pearl by John Stein shows many great elements,but one out of the many is irony. There are three types of irony, situational, verbal, and dramatic. Situational irony is when something in the plot happens that we don’t expect and we find very surprising. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that the characters don’t. Then lastly there’s verbal irony which is when the dialogue of a character shows sarcasm. Although there are three types of irony only two appear in John Stiens The Pearl. The two types of irony shown in the pearl are dramatic and situational. There is Dramatic irony in The Pearl because there are definitely times that we know things that Kino and Juana don’t know about the other characters. For example in this quote, “ The news came early to the beggars in front of the church and it made them giggle a little with pleasure for they knew that there is no almsgiver in the world, like a poor man who is suddenly lucky.”(pg22) This quote means that they feel that a poor man who's suddenly lucky with riches is going to be very thankful and know what it was like being poor before he got lucky, meaning that he will want to share it with those who were like him. This quote shows dramatic irony because Kino doesn’t know that these people know about his luck, and that they are going to try to take advantage of …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the three types of irony in john stein's the pearl: situational, verbal and dramatic.
  • Analyzes how kino and juana don't know about the other characters in the pearl — they feel that a poor man who's suddenly lucky with riches will be thankful and share it with those who were like him.
  • Analyzes how kino shows a lot of love towards his wife, and he accidentally shot his own child instead of the man.
  • Opines that verbal irony isn't included in the pearl because it's mostly first-person and has little dialogue.
  • Explains that in the pearl, there are only two types of irony: dramatic and situational, but no verbal.

In The Pearl there is only two types of irony included, and verbal irony is not one of them. Verbal irony isn’t included because The Pearl is mostly first person and doesn’t have much dialogue. The Pearl is mostly Kino’s thoughts and observations, then when it isn’t Kinos perspective it's in third person. Although The Pearl doesn’t show verbal irony, It’s great with only situational and dramatic irony. I personally believe it’s better that it doesn’t have verbal irony because the book sounds better with mostly Kino’s thoughts and little

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