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Situational Irony In 'The Ransom Of Red Chief'

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Surprise can often be good or bad, but it is always intriguing. Authors surprise their audiences by using a device called situational irony to make the story interesting. Situational irony can produce other emotions too. For example, O.Henry uses situational irony to produce an element of humor in “The Ransom of Red Chief”. Another example is in “The Necklace,” Guy de Maupassant uses situational irony to produce and effect of justice. By examining these two stories , it is clear that authors utilize situational irony to affect the reader's emotions. Guy de Maupassant uses situational irony to produce the effect of justice in “The Necklace.¨ For instance, Matilde spends 10 years in misery for nothing. She spends ten years trying to regain the money lost and pay off the debt even though it was fake. For ten years…show more content…
The boy is having the time of his life while being kidnapped. As Johnny is being asked if he wants to go home, he says, “‘Aw what for?. . .you won’t take me back home again, snake eye, will you?’”(41) This is ironic because usually when someone is kidnapped they are scared and want to go home but Johnny is having so much fun. Another example of humor is when the kidnappers pay to give the kid back. The boy is so much to handle that the two men get desperate. The father replied to the email that the two men sent saying, “You bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred and fifty dollars in cash, and I agree to take him off your hands.”(52) This is ironic because usually the father would say I will pay you if you bring him back but instead, it’s the other way around. It seems as though the father does not care. The boy had the time of his life being kidnapped and he did not want to go home which shows O.Henry uses situational irony to produce the effect of
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