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Irony Essay Examples

Irony

...A young couple, barely able to feed and house themselves, sells their most valuable possessions to buy presents for each other. In an ironic catch typical of O’Henry, Della sells her hair to buy a watch fob for Jim, her husband. Jim, in turn has secretly sold his watch to buy the tortoise-shell combs Della dreamed of running through her long, dark hair. The story makes use of both dramatic irony and situational irony to create the literally-doubly ironic ending: both “sacrifice for each othe...

Dramatic irony

...Hubris (Act 3, scene 3, line 314):" 'tis the plague of great ones..." •In this line Othello is being very hubris because he is basically say that great people have to suffer more than average people. He is showing his big ego and is using it to convince himself why Desdemona would be unfaithful to him (Act 3, scene 3, line 406): Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war!... •In this quote Othello is talking about his position as a general, and how since Desdemona cheated on him that ever...

Situational Irony

...It was worth at the very most five hundred frances” ( De Maupassant 301). The situational irony in these quotes is that Mathide has worked for ten very hard years to pay for a real diamond necklace. She only did this because she didn’t want to tell the truth because she didn’t want to have a lower social status. This relates to the irony because by paying off the necklace she lowered her social status by herself. In all four stories there were examples of situational irony. The irony helpe...

Irony in Macbeth

...The irony in Macbeth is there to add to the suspense and the malicious mood of the play. Without the irony in Macbeth, the play would have been much different. For example, if Duncan’s visit to the castle took place at night, in the middle of a thunderstorm, with the Macbeths being hostile to him and the witches egging Macbeth on, the play would have lacked a good deal of suspense, and the audience might begin to get bored of the play, since it would not change much and it would be easy to pre...

Irony in Ozymandias

...There is a great deal of irony in Ozymandias' shattered visage on the sand. The king who so terrified those he commanded for so long no longer has any power, yet, his face still tries to dominate all he sees. The very actions that brought to him a period of glory also brought the destruction of what he worked so vigilantly on. Once finished the reader can look back and realize how ironic the entire situation is; at one point this ruler was (or believed himself to be) the most powerful man to hav...

Art and Irony

...Authors use many different techniques to transform the core aspects of a story. Artists can use different types of paint, or different bristles to create a desired affect on their work. Both authors and artists alike have been adapting these different ways of expressing their works for the sole purpose of communicating with their audience. Irony has proven to be a useful tool in terms of enhancing a theme of a story, or the development of a character. Imagine what stories and art would be withou...

Irony of the Interlopers

...After becoming friends and seeing the wolves, the two men realize they both are being left for dead and neither one of them will be saved. Additionally, in the beginning of the story, Ulrich thinks to himself, “If only on this wild night, in this dark, lone spot, he might come across Georg Znaeym, man to man, with none to witness—that was the wish that was uppermost in his thoughts.” This is ironic because not even two minutes later, he then comes face to face with his enemy behind the tru...

Puritan Irony in Early Colonies

...In all, the puritan “saints” that founded New England portrayed two different situations of irony- the religious and political repressions. The religious repression showed irony because they moved countries to find religious freedom, and then did not offer it to the people moving into their settlements. The political repression was a good example of irony because the puritan “saints” had a “civil” government that required you be a member of the church to even be able to vote, let alo...

The Irony of Dr. Faustus

...In this person, a subject to notice as a reader, the spirit, of the Renaissance, boundless passion for knowledge, power and beauty incarnated his heroes are Timberline, Dr. Faustus, Barabas, embodying passion for world conquest knowledge and wealth respectively. He gave live and reality to these characters. The seeds of tragedy lie in the character and the hero plucks upon himself the result of his own deeds. He also imbibed the deepest spirit of the Renaissance in his aspirates and audacity of ...

Irony In The Canterbury Tales

...Overall, irony adds strength and diversity to Chaucer's story, making his writings more successful. Irony combined with Chaucer's imagination, wit, humor, and intelligence makes The Canterbury Tales successful and interesting to the reader. This irony presented in Chaucer's characters and his humor helps to intensify Chaucer's writings. Conclusively, the real success of the story relies in the incredible ingeniousness of Chaucer. However, the lack of Chaucer's use of irony would make the compil...

Irony In Nathan The Wise

...Still she added she might be happy in death since it will prevent her from witnessing that which would bring disgrace to her daughter. This strong admonition is quite consistent with how society looks upon extramarital dalliances. The Princess was only guilty of mental infidelity. Ironically, it was not only her who suffered but her mother, who died of a broken heart, perhaps from a daughter who ignored her; husband, who died of jealousy; the Duc Nemours who suffered emotionally; and finally the...

Irony in Antigone: King Creon

...Creon’s final words are: Then take this foolish man away from here. I killed you, my son, without intending to, and you, as well, my wife. How useless I am, I don’t know where to look or find support. Everything I touch goes wrong, and on my head fate climbs up with its overwhelming load. (1485-1490) Once filled with immense confidence and arrogance, Creon now feels helpless and useless; ironically, he feels hopeless and distraught not because of anyone trying to steal his power or take his ...

Irony in the Scarlet Letter

...The community, still believing that he has not committed any serious sin, thinks of him even the higher. The community's inability to recognize evil characters and sin overshadows their wishes to perceive the ultimate truth. Characters' names, the first scaffold scene, and the Puritan Community act as a means of expressing truth through Hawthorne's use of irony. Hawthorne provides evident details on characters, allowing the reader to obtain truth through an ironic event. Hawthorne meets the quot...

Irony in Brave New World

...Sex in Brave New World is distinctive compared to modern society. Sex is glorified and is more of a responsibility, however, it is not for pleasure or emotion but more for entertainment. Sex is encouraged and promiscuity is celebrated in different ways. Many forms of entertainment in Brave New World relate to sex. For example the Feelies, pornographic movies, are attended by the citizens. When the Assistant Predestinator asks Henry if he is “going to the Feelies this evening” (35) he is sust...

Irony in Good Country People

...Throughout the story, signs of irony appear as the reader continues to read. Mrs. Hopewell’s name is the first ironic sign I notice. Her name was not the only ironic name but it was the most noticeable one. Hugla thought she was smarter than everyone since she had a P.H.D, but that the end of the story she is the made a fool and robbed by Manley Pointer. The bible in Manley pointer suitcase was used to hide sinful objects. The authors used these sign of irony, plus more to add a twist to the s...

Dramatic Irony in Oedipus the King

...The final example of dramatic irony is the fortune-teller’s prophecy. In the beginning of the play, Laius and Jocasta have to make an important decision about whether or not to kill their son in order to save Laius’s life. The fortune-teller has delivered a prophecy to the couple which said their son will grow up to kill his father and marry to his mother. Thus, they pierce his ankles together and give him to a shepherd who is ordered to kill the child. Instead of killing him, the shepherd g...

Shakespeare's dramatic irony in the play

...The "duping" of Benedick and Beatrice is brought about so that Beatrice "shall fall in love with Benedick.... [and] he shall fall in love with Beatrice." Here Don Pedro explains to Claudio, Leonato and Hero how they intend to trick Benedick and Beatrice into making them admit their hidden love for each other. As the plot to "dupe" the two unfolds it becomes extremely amusing for both the audience and the characters that trick them. Not long after this Benedick and Beatrice admit their love for ...

Irony and Symbolism in "The Lottery"

...Through Jackson's descriptive passages, she leads the reader to believe that this is a story of good fortune. At the end of the story the use of irony and symbolism reveal this dark and deadly town. The everyday normalcy becomes horrific as the reader learns that the lottery does not choose a winner. The marked ballot instead chooses one who must surrender everything by giving his of her life. This is Jackson's final and ultimate irony and once the reader discovers this fact, the evil throughout...

Elements Of Irony In Native Son

...Max states: "You're human, Bigger" (424). This is the only time that anyone really says anything of this sort to Bigger. Bigger recognizes this and makes point of it, ironically, as he is about to be put to death. It is a difficult and important change which Wright employs at this point. Bigger Thomas was doomed from the beginning of the novel. We could see this foreshadowed by the rat, we could quickly sense the irony in his name and his very being. The world in which Bigger Thomas lived was cr...

Dramatic irony in Romeo and Juliet

...The idea that the audience knows the extra information that the character doesn't, is built by using the element of foreshadowing, because otherwise, without it, there would be no clues or hints to guide the viewers. If audience didn't know the plan Friar Laurence came up with to reunite Romeo and Juliet (that is to give Juliet a sleeping potion so she could escape her marriage with Paris by appearing dead), their reaction to the upcoming events would be different. There wouldn't be the engagem...

The Irony in the Poem Ozymandias

...As a poem, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ozymandias was able to show the aspect of change, wherein nothing is permanent in this world that we live in. No matter how strong or how powerful the pharaoh was at one time, he later lost all of it, only to be forgotten through the course of time. What remains of him was not really from him, but a creation from the sculptor’s hand. The greatest irony in this poem was how the artwork, which was a piece of stone, was able to outlast ev...

Irony in Guy de Maupassant’s “The Jewelry””

...As I read responses of people about his works, they admired him, because his stories contain the face of our everyday life and problems. He points to our negligent treatment for our lives. Maupassant’s stories was popular nowadays is they were in 19th century. The story, which is discussed in this research paper, “The Jewelry”, points out how unaware we can be of things that happen around us. So we can call it realistic story. I think it would be suitable to finish my research paper by thi...

Irony in "The Story of an Hour"

...Her overwhelming joy all comes to an abrupt stop when she descends from her room to only find out that her husband is not dead. She is so shocked to see her husband that she has a heart attack and as doctors described it as, "joy that kills," which is perceived as the dramatic irony part of the short story. Everyone believes she died in that way so the reader can actually realize that she was in fact not joyful to see her husband instead in disarray and upset that she only had a glimpse of real ...

The irony in George Orwell's "Animal Farm"

...In the end the pigs became what they hated. They constantly were changing and breaking their own rules. The pigs started to act human and do human things. They turned on the other animals and lied to them. This sentence does closely relate because it is saying that the pigs became exactly what they wanted to get rid of. They never wanted Jones to come back but in reality he did, through the pigs. What is most demoniacally human about the pigs is their use of language not only to manipulate the ...

Dramatic irony in Of Mice and Men

...In Of Mice and Men, the fundamental irony is that no matter how elaborately George and Lennie plan their future, and regardless of how strongly they hope and dream their plan wil not happen. George and Lennie are forced to work the land of others, dreaming for the day they will own their own farm. They work hard to reach their dream, yet the effects of Lennie's retardation, despite him being good, will cause them not to achieve their dream. George and Lennie's friendship is what makes them uniqu...

Irony and Foreshadowing in Poe's Short Stories

...Symbolically, the House of Usher represents the bloodline of Ushers. When the house crumbles to the ground at the end of the story, it represents the end of the Usher bloodline. “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” give a multitude of examples of both irony and foreshadowing. Poe uses these literary devices to develop suspense and mood in these stories. Without these literary devices, his stories would seem flat and boring. Poe’s literary devices are what capt...

The Portable Phonograph - Paradox, Symbolism, and Irony

...‘The Portable Phonograph’ is a story of a dark time, but these four men somehow manage to find something to sustain as well as entertain them. This, however, never changes the dark mood. The use of specific literary devices enhances the comprehension for the reader and makes the story more captivating. The descriptive narrative provides an understanding of hiddenintentions that lay underneath the dialogue. ‘The Portable Phonograph’ is a timeless tale full of veiled significance and a mag...

Irony In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

...In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses foreshadowing, symbolism, and irony throughout her story to show that death is imminent in the end. Not only do time and place bear important clues as to the allegorical meaning of “The Lottery” but the very names of the characters are laden with significance. What is more, it will be shown what an important role these literary devices play in this short story, enriching the meaning, transforming the cruel act of stoning, and the whole process leadi...

Sophocles' Antigone: Situational Irony in Scene Three

...“The man who maintains that only he has the power… A man like that, when you know his, turns out empty (Scene 3).” This quote is dynamic of all. Haimon predicted Creon’s future due to his hunger for power and his thirst for authority. His exact words foreshadowed his father to be left “empty (Scene 3).” In the end, Haimon and Creon’s wife Eurydice, both commit suicide in grief. As the play ends, Creon has an anagnorisis and ends with “Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of...

Foreshadowing and irony in “Story of an Hour”

...The Mood inside the her room is confusion, as Mrs. Mallard is both upset of the death of her husband but at the same time excited with the possibilities of being a widow finally being able to gain some control over her life. As Mrs. Mallard looks out the window she sees the tree tops, blue skies she hears the birds singing and the noise of the street below. All of these things open her eyes to the freedom her husband’s death has giver her. The confusion inside disappears as she looks out the w...

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