What is it about a story rich in irony that makes it so interesting? Irony causes the reader to expect the unexpected. As a reader you never know what’s going to happen, but you think you do. Irony may add humor to a story or help the reader to connect certain events. Irony is present in “Charles,” “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Lottery.”
“Charles” is written by Shirley Jackson. It is about a young boy named Laurie who had just started kindergarten. Every day when Laurie comes home from school he tells his parents about a boy in his class named Charles who is a very ornery boy. His parents become used to the routine of Laurie coming home and telling the stories about Charles and his bad deeds. It is ironic that Laurie speaks disrespectfully to his parents, but they seem to ignore it. “At lunch he spoke insolently to his father, spilled his baby sister’s milk, and remarked that his teacher said we were not to take the Lord name in vain” (Shirley, 15). Although, Laurie’s mother states he speaks disrespectfully to his father neither of them correct him on his behavior. The next day Laurie comes home from school and tells his parents; “Well, Charles was bad again today.” He grinned enormously and said, “Today Charles hit the teacher” (Shirley, 15). His mother then went on to ask him if Charles got spanked again. “He sure did.” “Look up,” he said to his father. “What?” his father said, looking up. “Look down,” Laurie said. “Look at my thumb. Gee you’re dumb.” He began to laugh insanely (Shirley, 16). Once again, Laurie’s mother and father completely ignore Laurie’s bad behavior and go on to ask why Charles hit the teacher. In addition, Laurie was walking home from school one evening shouting, “Charles was bad again.” Once Lau...
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...ductor of the lottery says to Tessie; “Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie.” Mrs. Hutchinson said grinning, “Wouldn’t have me leave m’dishes in the sink now, would you, Joe?” (Henry, 375). After everyone picks their piece of paper the Hutchinson’s find out that they’re the family that has the piece of paper with the black spot on it. They then put their paper back in the box to draw again and whichever member of the family has the black spot on it is the one who is then stoned to death. Tessie is the one who has the black spot on it. Once everyone closes in on her she begins to yell, “It isn’t fair” (Henry, 379). If it had been anyone else besides herself she would’ve joined in on stoning that member of the community. Also, it is ironic that the woman who had forgotten that it was the day of the lottery is the one who ends up losing her life.
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- “Charles” is written by Shirley Jackson. It is about a young boy named Laurie who had just started kindergarten. Every day when Laurie comes home from school he tells his parents about a boy in his class named Charles who is a very ornery boy. His parents become used to the routine of Laurie coming home and telling the stories about Charles and his bad deeds. Throughout the story you will find many examples of irony. One example of this irony is how Laurie speaks disrespectfully to his parents and they seem to ignore it.... [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Stoning, Rajm]
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