Essay on Irony By William Shakespeare 's Defender Of The Faith

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Irony has been used in stories throughout time to help emphasize a point to the reader. Irony is defined as “the expression of one 's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect” and “a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Philip Roth used irony in his story Defender of the Faith through character actions. In the beginning of the story it seems that the defender of the faith is Grossbart, a trainee preparing for the western front after the United States won the eastern during WWII. He tries to use the fact that he is a Jew to get sympathy from others to make his training more comfortable for him and his friends. Grossbart first asks for there to be a public announcement to allow Jews to go to service instead of help clean, then forges a letter pretending to be his father to improve the food, and then uses his knowledge of being sent to the western front to procure him a spot near his home. Marx helps stop him from getting this treatment after being manipulated into helping him twice. He does this to prevent backlash on all Jews ironically making him, not Grossbart, the defender of the faith. (gave clues throughout the story that Grossbart was not the defender of the faith) In the beginning of the book, Roth hints that Grossbart is the defender of the faith by having him ask to allow the Jewish to attend…

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