Irony Essays

  • Irony

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    novel, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen uses irony extensively to express certain ideas indirectly and also to reveal the character’s personal traits. Austen uses verbal irony, situational irony, and dramatic irony in the various chapters scattered around the novel. Verbal irony is a type of irony in which the character says one thing, but means the other. There are many instances of verbal irony in this novel. Mr. Bennet is a character who uses verbal irony abundantly. Mr. Bennet’s first introduction

  • Irony

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    Irony Flannery O'Connor's short story "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is set during the early 1960's in the South. In this story, O’Connor captures the changing discourse between a mother and son at a time when white supremacy was slowly deteriorating and integration was beginning to be accepted in the bounds of the society. The main character Julian, is an educated college graduate who given his education imposes liberal views on segregation. Since his mother is uneducated and carries racist

  • The irony

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    man is hard to find”, a short story written by Flannery O’Connor, is a story about good and evil and divine grace. Much irony is found throughout this story: The story starts out with a family planning to take a vacation but ends with all of them being killed. In addition, being good does not relate to being kind. Instead, it relates to what the grandmother thinks is moral. The irony can be seen spotted at the very beginning of the story, when O’Connor gives us the reason why the grandmother is getting

  • Irony, And Situational Irony In Oedipus The King

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    Irony in Oedipus the King In his play, Oedipus the King, Sophocles brings to life one of the greatest ironic tragic tales. Irony comes in many different forms: Verbal, Dramatic, and Situational irony. The focus of this paper will be on the verbal irony of Oedipus’ words, the dramatic irony of his actions, and the situational irony of the consequences of his actions. Sophocles uses verbal ironies to move the story along with helpful clues, as well as giving a warning to his readers about the dangers

  • Children and Irony

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    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

  • Essay On Irony

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    IRONY Definition of irony Irony is a common literary term and rhetoric device. Whether in fiction, non-fiction, or in life, irony is around us day to day. There are three main types of irony. The type most commonly thought of in story telling is called dramatic irony, but there is also verbal and situational irony. The following presentation aims to explore and explain the deeper layers of meaning in life and literature through irony. So what exactly is irony? The term irony has its roots in the

  • Irony In The Interlopers

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    Saki uses multiple examples of situational irony effectively, which is used to create a great deal of suspense. These examples of situational irony are greatly emphasized through the use of symbolism and imagery. Thus, Saki uses irony that is expressed through the symbolism of the fallen tree, and the imagery of the wilderness, in order to effectively build up suspense to make the reader anticipate what happens next in the story. The first instance of irony used in the story is when the two enemies

  • Situational Irony

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    The short story, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, is a deeply symbolic piece, full of clever irony to play upon the themes of self-assertion and liberation. The primary forms of irony employed by most writers are verbal irony, dramatic irony, situational irony, and the occasional irony of fate, also known as cosmic irony.  In “The Story of an Hour,” Chopin uses dark dramatic and situational irony to craft this tale of a long-suffering wife who celebrates her newfound sense of independence after

  • The Irony of Abortion

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    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

  • Ironies and Paradoxes

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    Ironies and Paradoxes ABSTRACT: In contemporary literary culture there is a widespread belief that ironies and paradoxes are closely akin. This is due to the importance that is given to the use of language in contemporary estimations of literature. Ironies and paradoxes seem to embody the sorts of a linguistic rebellion, innovation, deviation, and play, that have throughout this century become the dominant criteria of literary value. The association of irony with paradox, and of both with literature

  • The Storm Irony

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    “The Storm” Irony can be seen in many ways, whether it be situational irony or dramatic irony. Either way, it can set the mood of the story and shows the purpose of what the author is trying to portray. Kate Chopin is famous for irony in many of her stories. It may be a personal experience, or it may be her creative way of writing. From an analytical view of “The Storm” by Kate Chopin, it shows the irony of the son and father worrying about Calixta, Calixta and Alce committing the affair, and the

  • Analysis of Irony

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    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

  • Mallard's Irony

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    door alive and now stand before her. As a matter of fact, turns out he was nowhere near the accident. Almost in result of this situation, Mrs. Mallard dies of a heart attack. In other words, examples of irony can be found all throughout the narrative, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. Irony is a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result. Moreover,

  • Irony In "Romeo and Juliet"

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    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

  • Cask Of Amontillado Irony

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    Use of irony in The Cask of Amontillado Many different types of irony are used in The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe and they add many different elements to the story. Verbal irony is when the word means something different that what they actually mean.Situational irony is when the exact opposite happens then what is meant to happen. And finally dramatic irony is when the reader knows more than the character and in this case it is Fortunato. Verbal irony helps the story events seem well

  • Socratic Irony In Lysistrata

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    collectors of the burden the war has brought on. Aristophanes uses situational as well as Socratic irony to deliver his thoughts of the war through the women in the play, nonetheless he successfully includes a moral alternative which is still applicable today. Lysistrata the head of the anti-civil war movement run by the spouses of Greece, delivers our first introduction to the irony within

  • Irony In Lamb To The Slaughter

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    read many short stories but lamb to the slaughter was my favourite because it was ironic, comedic (dark), and uses satire. Irony is used to create Suspense and left the story unfinished for the reader to use his/her imagination which I personally enjoyed. Irony is a way author engages a reader’s attention with a deeper meaning to the narrative. An example of situational irony is when the narrator says “She loved the warmth that came out of him when they were alone together” (Dhal 1) The idea of

  • Theme Of Irony In Trifles

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    Irony in Susan Gable’s Trifles Susan Gable’s Trifles is focused on discovering the killer of a local farmer in the twentieth century. In this play the amount of irony is abundant and the irony always relates to solving the murder. The two types of irony that are most easily discerned in Trifles are verbal and situational irony. Irony is when an author uses words or a situation to convey the opposite of what they truly mean. Verbal irony is when a character says one thing but they mean the other.

  • Irony in Lord of the Flies

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    are on the island in the first place. Sardonic events lead to an even more ironic ending where their ultimate rescue is a result of two ironic incidences, the fire and the acceptance of the boys onto the ship by the naval officer. The author uses irony throughout to show how such innocent boys despite their best efforts can turn savage, through the events that unfold that lead them into anarchy. Ralph and Jack’s image of what life on the island would be like and how they would go about it was

  • Irony In The Gift Of The Magi

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    Irony is when something happens that seems to contradict what actually happens and what you thought would happen. In both “The Gift of the Magi”, written by O. Henry, and “The Necklace”, by Guy De Maupassant, irony is displayed. Both stories have strong messages with an underlying theme of irony. Irony is shown in different ways throughout both stories. The ending of the short story, “The Gift of the Magi” is very ironic. Main characters Della and Jim exchange Christmas gifts towards the end of