Irony Essays

Situational and Verbal Irony Present in _the Story of an Hour_ by Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is the tale of one woman’s brief moment of clarity and freedom; an hour of freedom granted by the death of her husband. Mrs. Mallard is shocked to death by the realization that her husband is in fact alive. The following essay discusses the presence of both situational and verbal irony in “The Story of an Hour”. “The Story of an Hour” demonstrates situational irony at its conclusion. The unfairness of the situation…

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Claudius Speech – Hamlet

Claudius, the former ruler, husband of his sister and brother of the recently perished king gives a speech at the beginning of Act I. II of Hamlet. Shakespeare’s use of literary devices allows the reader to comprehend the intentions behind Claudius’s figurative language within his coronation speech. The opening scene in Hamlet portrays Denmark to currently be critically unstable and with militaristic chaos; however, in Claudius’s speech he disposes that idea and conveys confidence in the stability of the nation….

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Rhetorical Analysis of _the Shadow Scholar_

The prefix ‘pseudo’ seems to perfectly describe the character of Dave Tomar, known by all as Ed Dante (Dave Tomar is Dante’s pseudonym). His article “The Shadow Scholar,” which appeared in the chronicle review section of _The Chronicle of Higher Education_ on November 12, 2010, stirred controversy and a scare throughout the entire professional world. Doctors, educators, administrators, law officials, and all other professions of importance consequently came under the microscope. Dante has spent the course of a decade as…

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_the Moon and Sixpence_ by W. Somerset Maugham

This extract from “The Moon and Sixpence” by W. Somerset Maugham is written by vivid, ironic language. It is about a poor artist, whose paintings were considered by contemporaries absurd. And they were much surprised when dealers from Paris and Berlin began to offer for them the huge sums. Strickland didn’t make impression on people, for islanders he was just a “beach-comber”, differing from others only that he drew strange pictures. It is impossible to tell that he formed relationships…

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Irony & Literary

Many literary works use irony to effectively convey a message to the reader. In the stories “A Clack of Tiny Sparks”, “The Ghosts of Halloweens Past”, and “The Birthmark”, irony is the evident literary element. These stories may have different characters and meanings, but somehow, they have a coherent message to tell the readers. The message the stories convey to the reader are also the same: a person should not be judged by the appearance. In Bernard Cooper’s “A Clack…

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Dumb Martian

This essay will discuss how the use of irony expresses the theme of revenge in the story “Dumb Martian” written by John Wyndham. This short story is categorized as science fiction, however John Wyndham classifies his series of short stories as logical fantasy. “Dumb Martian” was written after the Second World War, where John Wyndham served as a censor in the Ministry of Information. Mr. Wyndham was inspired by his brother’s success in the writing industry and resurrected his writing…

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Dramatic Irony in Oedipus

In the play written by Sophocles, Oedipus the King, there are several instances of irony. Dramatic irony, or tragic irony as some critics would prefer to call it, usually means a situation in which the character of the play has limited knowledge and says or does something in which they have no idea of the significance. The audience, however, already has the knowledge of what is going to occur or what the consequences of the characters actions will be. The…

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Glory of Women

Siegfried Sassoons Glory of Women is a poem depicting the roles which women played during World War I. The poem is made up of a series of sarcastic statements about women. Sassoon attempts to use these statements to convey the cruel and ironic side of the war that women do not tend to see. Glory of Women is a war-time lyric, constructed of 14 lines, with a varied rhyme scheme of ABABABAB CDECDE making it a Petrarchan (Italian) sonnet. It…

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By the Waters of Babylon

In the short story “By the Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benet the author uses structure to impact the readers understanding of truth by using the literary device Foreshadowing and another literary device situation Irony. “It is forbidden to cross the Great river and look upon the place that was the place of the gods-This is the most strictly forbidden”. The author gives hints along the story that changes the readers perspective from what seems a long lost broken…

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_owl Creek Bridge_ by Ambrose Bierce and Stephen Crane’s _the Blue Hotel_

Many authors use irony to impact the story in different ways. Sometimes the author makes the tone very pleasant and dreamy, like every thing is good and ok, when all of the sudden the story is flipped completely, changing the whole outcome of the story. Irony can also be used in a much more subtle way, for example it doesn’t change the entire story, it just makes the reader think about what just happened a second time. For example, Ambrose…

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Richard Iii – Irony of Shakespeare

Shakespeare is known for his wit and brilliance in writing. One of his tactics is his use of irony. There are three types of irony: verbal, dramatic and situational. Verbal irony is a figure of speech in which the speaker says the opposite of what he or she intends to say. Dramatic irony is the contrast between what a character says or thinks and what the reader knows to be true. Situational irony is the discrepancy between appearance and reality…

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Writing a Satiric Piece

Step 1: Identify the Topic With your group, choose a topic that is relevant, current, and debatable. Remember that the flaws and foibles of all aspects of society—from government to celebrity to religion, from teenagers to presidents to soccer moms—are grist for the satirist’s mill. Once you have all agreed on a topic about which you all want to write, have it approved by your teacher. For Example:Students being late to class (tardiness) Step 2: Choose an Appropriate Structure, Type…

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Illusions Brownies Zz Packer Analysis

The Brownies description of troop 909 “They were white girls, their complexions a blend of ice cream: strawberry, vanilla in the first few lines it is very clear that racial issues and segregation is a main topic. The author ZZ Packer did a great job stating since the beginning that the stories was going to be confrontational “Troop 909 was doomed from the first day of camp;” Segregation is also still happening during this time since there is no diversity…

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How do Rita, Frank and their Relationship Change in ‘educating Rita’

Rita, Frank and their relationship change throughout the play. Rita’s education and confidence both grow as the story progresses. Frank’s attitude towards life declines dramatically en route for the middle of the play but there is hint of improvement at the end. Their relationship undergoes many changes during the play. They grow apart, slowly and eventually reach a point where their separation is much needed and inevitable, although their feelings towards each other are of affection once again. At the…

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_tess of the D’ Urbervilles_ by Thomas Hardy

As a person who believes that many things are un-avoidable, no matter how careful you are to avoid them, I believe that Tess’s life was tragically destroyed by the hand of fate. It is obvious through the words and actions of Tess that she only wanted to have a calm, normal life. However, it seems that she was chosen, for whatever reason, to be on the receiving end of continuous hardships. From the very beginning of the novel, Tess receives…

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