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Irony

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Susan Wechtler

on 14 November 2016

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Transcript of Irony

a unique literary device
IRONY
Situational Irony
Occurs when a situation turns out the OPPOSITE from what was expected
Verbal Irony
Occurs when a character says the opposite of what he really means.
Dramatic Irony
When the reader/viewer knows more than the character does.
Fortunato does not question going into the vault/catacomb, but the reader knows Montresor has already vowed revenge on Fortunato.
In other words...
Fortunato thinks he will go to the vaults to verify the Amontillado, but ultimately goes to the vaults to meet his doom.
In other words...
Montresor toasts to Fortunato's long life, but truly intends to end his life.
In other words...
Dramatic Irony
-Comedic relief
-To create tension
-To make the reader cringe on the character's behalf
Example: Mulan
"Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons?"
Situational Irony
Verbal Irony
Example: In the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, Ursula tells Ariel, "The only way to get what you want is to become a human yourself."
Ultimately, in Ursula's plan to destroy King Triton, she means the only way for Ursula to get what Ursula wants is for Ariel to turn into a human and fail at making Prince Eric fall in love with her.
Example: In The Lion King (aka HAMLET), Simba sings, "I just can't wait to be king!" It's not verbal irony, because at the time he truly means it! However, as viewers, we expect Simba to always want to be king.

As his uncle punishes him and he is banished from the kingdom, he turns his back on wanting to be king. He does not become king simply because he is next in line; Simba becomes king by overpowering his usurper uncle and taking back what was originally his.
Situational Irony
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