Self and other The theme of self versus other evident in the novel is reflective of the postmodern idea that there exist boundaries between the two separate entities, the internal and external, perception and reality. This theme manifests as the idea that the ‘other’ can influence the ‘self’, that society controls the individual. Wallace also explores the theme of self and other in Infinite Jest by contrasting the boundary between what goes on inside the characters’ heads and the outside world. Characters such as Millicent Kent feel a sense of loneliness in their own thoughts and consequently seek diversion in something other. Kent alludes to the “Taoist paraboloid logo” (Wallace 265) which symbolizes self and other when she “asked Mario if he’d ever seen a girl’s yin-yang before” (Wallace 124). Kent draws a parallel between the two pairs of seemingly opposite forces that are actually connected to and dependent upon each other. For Millicent and Mario, yin and yang symbolize female and male, but also a balanced relationship that leads the characters out of loneliness. Through his allusion to ideological jargon, Wallace suggests that a harmonious balance between self and other is necessary.
Irony leads to addiction One of the most poignant instances of irony is in regards to the cynicism in postmodern society. The characters Infinite Jest are remarkably sarcastic and the narration of the novel has a dark, satirical quality to it. David Foster Wallace uses Remy
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Irony is a very big part of a story, because it can create new elements in a story. Some of these elements may include humor and theme. "The Ransom of Red Chief" is a great example for this.
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William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies, used irony to tell his story of a group of young British boys stranded on a deserted island. The readers can clearly spot the irony in the dialogue and Ralph, one of the main character, is also aware of the irony in his situation. The irony in the novel forces the readers to step aside and think about the hidden meanings the author is trying to express.
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Imagine there is an agent who works for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and he is one of their best agents. One weekend, the gets pulled over for speeding, and the police officer notices prescription drugs that are his in his car. The officer then conducts a search on his car and finds a plastic bag full of cocaine. This is an example of irony. Literary irony can be used to get the readers attention, to cause the reader to stop and think, and to emphasize the author’s main point or idea. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of An Hour” has many instances of irony. These instances of irony are used as ensure the reader’s attention, to provoke thought, and the most important use is to emphasize the idea of how oppressive some marriages can be and how that oppressiveness can be a secret to other loved ones.
Irony is the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. This essay will emphasize and recognize the power of irony in American Literature. “To Build a Fire,” “The Story of an Hour,” and “The Crucible” all show strong elements of irony. A quote, pulled from the book “How to Read Literature Like a Professor” says that, “In each case, the sign carries with it a customary meaning, but that doesn’t guarantee it will deliver the received meaning.” Ironic words may have many meanings, but will never have the meaning you expect. In this essay three different stories will represent the three main different types of irony. The types of irony shown in this essay will be situational irony, dramatic irony, and verbal irony.
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I am ecstatic to have just ordered a book for the reading assignment. The book I selected, was Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Aside from already being interested in Wallace, having studied his piece This is Water last year when I was in AP Language and Composition, the description of the story is what truly pulled me in. Upon Googling the novel, the first explanation I was provided with was “The lengthy and complex work takes place in a North American dystopia, centering on a junior tennis academy and a nearby substance-abuse recovery center.” The story had me at the word “dystopia”, a concept I am enamored with. Under that brief synopsis, someone had left a comment that read, “The novel is confusing, yes, and maddening in myriad ways.
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