Isn’T It Ironic?. Irony: The Use Of Words To Convey A Meaning

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Isn’t It Ironic? Irony: the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning or a technique of indicating an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or states (Dictionary.com). Through small and witty one liners, or a bigger dramatic irony situation contrasting two very different things, irony can be very beneficial for the reader to understand the story. Both of these stories have a corrupt dystopian society that the main character tries to draw attention to and through the use of irony, the author can portray the corruptness to the audience. Irony is used in many pieces of literature mostly for a comedic element, but in the context that it is used in both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and…show more content…
Usually when one thinks of a pageant, they think of a beauty pageant where young ladies dress up in their finest formal attire and compete to win a crown. While some of this still happens (in a twisted sense of the way), it does not happen that they win fame and money with nothing more than smiling more than another contestant. Another ironic statement illustrated is the description of the people. In one of the first few scenes the audience sees that the people of District 12 are very similar to the description of the villagers in “The Lottery”. The way the audience sees the people of District 12 themselves is not irony, but when they are contrasted against the Capital people it becomes more evident. Effie Trinket, the middleman type of person between the Capital and the districts, makes it very clear that Katniss and Peeta are new to having certain luxuries. When showing them around on the Capital bound train she points out all of the fancy items on each car. She states “That even though you’re here and even through it’s just for a little while. You get to enjoy all of this” (The Hunger Games). Another example of this ironic situation is when the beauty team comes to preps the tributes. They are their to make them look decent and presentable, but in the end they are all going to be thrust into an arena to fight for their death; it is not going to matter how they look. They are going to be covered in blood, dirt, sweat, and grime. Back
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