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Situation Irony

  • Date Submitted: 02/28/2011 10:09 PM
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There are always strange ironic moments in people’s lives where something completely unexpected happens. Although, when something unexpected happens it can result to something interesting. Interesting has many definitions, but it usually means to get the attention of something. There are many ways to make a story interesting. One way is irony, the opposite of what is expected. There are three types of irony: situational irony, verbal irony and dramatic irony. Situational irony is when the opposite of what is expected happens. Verbal irony is when what is said is the opposite of what is meant. Dramatic irony is when the reader knows something that a character in the text does not know. Many stories use irony to make them more interesting such as “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote, “The Lady, or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton, “The Interlopers” by Saki, “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes and “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty. “A Christmas Memory” is a story about a boy called by the name of Buddy and his friend working to make a perfect Christmas. “The Lady, or the Tiger?” is about a princess’s lover being accused of loving the king’s daughter, and the princess’s lover must chose between two doors that contain either a lady who he shall marry or a tiger that will kill him. “The Interlopers” is a story about two men named Ulrich and Georg who hate each other, but they end up being friends in the end. “Thank You, M’am is about a boy named Roger attempting to steal a woman’s pocketbook, but instead she took him back to her apartment to make him dinner. “The Sniper” is about a Republican sniper killing an enemy sniper who happens to be his brother. Irony can make a story really interesting, but sometimes certain irony does not. Situational irony is the most effective at creating interesting stories.
      Situational irony makes a story interesting because people can relate to the ironic predicaments. In the story “A Christmas Memory” Buddy and his friend meet Mr....

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