Irony in Literature by Adela Sanders


									Comp and Lit
          Three Types of Irony:
 Dramatic Irony:
 Dramatic Irony occurs when we, the reader, know more
  than the characters in the story.
 Verbal Irony:
 Verbal Irony is the contrast between what is said by a
  character and what is meant by a character.
 Verbal Irony often takes the form of sarcasm.
 Situational Irony:
 Situation Irony is the contrast between what happens in a
  story and what is expected to happen by the reader.
Example of Dramatic Irony:
 Watching a horror flick, we know the killer is in the
 basement, but the character, thinking he is safe, walks
 downstairs confidently.
Example of Verbal Irony:
 Fred fails his English test and Joey says to him, “Nice
  going, Einstein!”

 A man, walking through pouring rain, says to the man
  next to him, “nice day, huh?”
Example of Situational Irony:
 In the short story “The Lottery,” villagers gather yearly
  to choose slips of paper to see who wins the lottery. It’s
  not until the last sentence of the story that the reader
  learns the “winner” actually gets stoned to death!
   What is the irony in “The Most
       Dangerous Game?”
 1. The fact that Rainsford, being a hunter, became the

 2) Rainsford didn’t care about the prey he hunted and
  how they felt, but in the end, he realized how an
  animal at bay felt.

 3) Zaroff claims to be “civilized” when in fact he hunts
Where’s the Irony??
Where’s the Irony??

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