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  • Irony

    A writer’s use of literary devices can enhance an ordinary piece of writing into a masterpiece. Irony, one of the most commonly used literary devices, is seen throughout all of literature. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, especially, irony plays an extensive role in strengthening the plot and the relationships between characters. Irony sets up first impressions, situations and their aftermaths, and the realizations of misjudgment from first impressions. It also provides contrast between what a character says versus what a character actually means, the expectation of an outcome versus what ultimately happens, and information the audience knows versus information the characters know. Pride and Prejudice displays a great deal of knowledge…

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  • Irony In The Interlopers

    Irony, you may not think of it as much more than a minor literary device, but it often plays an enormous factor in short stories today. For example, The Interlopers, by Saki, is a short story which utilizes the effects of irony noticeably well by using ironic humor to connect the reader to the reading. To define, irony is when the opposite of what is expected to happen occurs. In this case, the story displays a strong sense of situational irony, which is irony that no one knows is coming. Irony…

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  • Examples Of Irony In Montresor

    say “Verbal irony is nonliteral language that makes salient a discrepancy between expectations and reality” (286). In other words this is when someone says something and they mean the opposite of what was said. A few examples of when Poe uses this type of irony is seen when Montresor tells Fortunato that they should leave the catacombs; for his health was more important than sampling the expensive wine that Montresor had told Fortunato that he had found. Another time that the reader sees this…

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  • Theme Of Irony In Atonement

    The aim of this research is to introduce the concept of irony and hyperreality in the metafictional novel entitled Atonement (2001) by contemporary British novelist Ian Russell McEwan. Irony is a rhetorical device, an act of speech and a textual effect produced when “the said and the unsaid together make up the third meaning – the ironic meaning,” (Linda Hutcheon, 1994: 60). Various types of irony can be observed in Atonement due to its the complex narrative perspectives and its nature i.e. a…

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  • Irony In The Ballad Of Birmingham

    The irony in “Ballad of Birmingham” is what gives the poem its unique feel and the power that it had during the Civil Rights movement. As stated in Susan Jolley’s “Integrating Poetry and To Kill a Mockingbird” this poem “teaches irony, imagery, the power of poetry, and the history of our country.” (Jolley) This means that this poem is a generational poem and still holds power to this day because of its literary devices such as irony. In this poem Randall incorporates situational irony by giving…

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  • The Crucible Irony Analysis

    Although irony is used throughout “The Crucible”, it is often mistaken or confused for other literary devices. Irony is words that are usually the opposite of their usual meaning. Authors use irony in their novels to catch reader’s attention and cause suspense. Irony is used so that you cannot always predict the end of the book. Irony is used many ways In “The Crucible” along with literature. Readers may have trouble identifying the differences between the literary devices and confuse irony for…

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  • 'Setting And Irony In The Lottery'

    Genuine character is exposed in the decisions people make under pressure. Characterization is a central technique used strategically by writers such as Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allen Poe to give readers a unique perspective. The use of setting and irony also play an important role in helping the audience understand a character. In the short story The Lottery, Jackson uses literary devices such as setting and irony to characterize the dark side of a seemingly innocent town. Irony is the contrast…

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  • Irony In Lamb To The Slaughter

    The detectives needed to find the murder weapon to find the killer but instead, they got rid of the evidence by eating it. Another irony in this story was the dramatic irony. I knew that the officers were unknowingly eating the murder weapon which made me feel frustrated and angry. I felt as if I wanted to go into the story, yell how stupid they were being and expose the truth about Mary. This is an effect dramatic irony has on the reader, and creating an emotion in me made the story that much…

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  • Irony In Lord Of The Flies

    Irony: At the beginning, Rainsford says to Whitney: “The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters.” I find this Ironic, since after Rainsford goes on the island, he becomes the huntee, and Zaroff is the hunter. Rainsford is talking about luck, and in this story, he has next to zero luck. He loses his ship, his pipe, his access to the real world, his hunter friend, and gets chased down by a crazy killer who kills for fun. I think that the fact…

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  • Irony In Dario Fo

    What I think this discussion keeps coming back to is Dario Fo’s use of satire and humorous irony. His play is a circus, full of slapstick humour; it is also political theatre aimed to engage the audience to see the tragedy of an innocent person’s death as a result of the police. And I think this is an important message to integrate into the high school curriculum. I don’t think even you, Hamish, can deny that police brutality and political corruption is still a problem across much of the world,…

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