Irony, By Susan Glaspell 's `` A Jury Of Her Peers ``

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The definition of irony is a contrast between two things. One example is verbal irony. It is a contrast between what someone says and what one means, while dramatic irony is a contrast between what the characters know to be true and what the readers know to be true. Many writers use irony in their short stories to prove a dramatic point, or just to develop a story for upcoming use. These short stories by Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” (140), Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers” (183), and Stephen Crane’s “The Blue Hotel” (229), spin a tale of symbolic irony. Each tell a tale paradoxical twists with sublime contradiction where one is led to believe one side of an event, yet it is dragged down a twisted trail of mental sarcasms coupled with death. It is a known fact that many tales of irony require many major events to twist the order they are written in to create a viewpoint that stride away from the main topic or where the author wants the reader to end up. Shirley Jackson most likely intended to use the amount of irony generated within her writing to make the overall story funny in its twisted theme. Each level of irony used prepared the reader to have the most melodramatic reaction to the last and final kick in the teeth that wrapped the whole story up. When first reading The Lottery one is believed to be reading a story where the towns folk are gathering together to hold a drawing for something good. It is normally the mindset that when people here of a
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