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  • Theme Of Irony In Oedipus Rex

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    Sophocles uses several types of irony to explain, if finding the truth was worth it? One of the various ironies used is verbal irony, this will cause the reader to try to understand on what the characters say and what they mean. Situational irony causes the reader to think of the situations and what is really going on. Thus, leaving dramatic irony, dramatic irony will show that the characters are unaware of a situation while the reader is aware. In the Oedipus Rex, verbal irony is used when a character

  • Irony in the Story of an Hour and Araby

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    Irony is a useful device for giving stories many unexpected twists and turns. In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," irony is used as an effective literary device. Situational irony is used to show the reader that what is expected to happen sometimes doesn't. Dramatic irony is used to clue the reader in on something that is happening that the characters in the story do not know about. Irony is used throughout Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" through the use of situational irony and the use of dramatic

  • Irony in the Red Badge of Courage

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    Irony in The Red Badge of Courage Written by Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage is a novel filled with irony. This story is written in the point of view of the main character, Henry Fleming, and tells about his maturation through the war. Including the title, from the beginning to the end of the book there is irony present. The use of irony by Crane helps create a lot of discussion for critics. Henry’s internal debate is a main source of irony in this novel. Also, his fantasy of how he thought

  • Theme Of Irony In The Kite Runner

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    Although irony may be associated with negative events or actions, it can also be a sign of good for characters within stories. According to, irony in literature is defined as “a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.” The use of irony is found within the novel The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini. Hosseini uses irony to portray and develop the main dynamic character

  • How Is Irony Affecting Society?

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    How is Irony Affecting Society? In 1993, David Foster Wallace wrote his essay “E Unibus Pluram”, which addressed the way irony had been incorporated into different types of media within the 20th century. Focusing on two main elements, he starts out by exploring how irony is used in television and then moves on to explore the way irony is used in literary fiction. While he was researching, Wallace found out that the average American household watched about six hours of television every day (Wallace

  • Theme Of Irony In Oedipus The King

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    The presence of irony in “Myth” by Muriel Rukeyser, “My Oedipus Complex” by Frank O’Connor, and “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles link these three literary pieces together. However, each of the works utilize different forms of irony in different levels to specifically present their message. In Rukeyser’s short poem, the narrator uses verbal irony through Oedipus’ conversation with the Sphinx and dramatic irony through Oedipus’ shorthanded conclusions. O’Connor uses situational irony in his short story

  • Examples Of Irony In Animal Farm

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    Situational irony involves a discrepancy to what is expected to happen and what actually happens. For situation irony to take place, there has to be something that leads the reader to think that a particular event or situation is unlikely to happen. From the novella, situation irony can be seen when the animals chased away Mr. Jones because they do not like the way they were being treated by the

  • Irony In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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    Essay I The Many Instances of Irony in “The Lottery” In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” she uses many examples of irony. Irony is the use of words that are the opposite of their usual meaning or what is expected to happen. The use of irony plays an important role in delivering Jackson’s sarcasm. The author holds our attention all throughout the story and builds our suspense by using irony with the characters and events that take place. Some instances of irony that she uses during the story

  • Verbal Irony In The Story Of An Hour

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    dictionary: “verbal irony occurs when the speaker expresses one thing but means another.” Based on this story, the verbal irony is a conversation between Josephine and Louise. Josephine said “Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door—you will make yourself ill. What are you doing, Louise? For heaven’s sake open the door.” Louise answers that “Go away. I am not making myself ill.” The fact is she was drinking a very elixir of life through that open window. And I can see the verbal irony in the end story

  • Irony Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

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    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