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Transcript of Irony
Civil War soldier, eyewitness to the harsh realities of war
Brutal contrast between soldiers' dreams of glory and the senselessness of warfare -- recurring theme
Volunteered for the Union army and watched many of his comrades die
Work often includes surreal or ghostly events
Fascinated with strange and horrible deaths
Went beyond realism in his experiments with narration, pioneering the use of multiple points of view in a single story
Left to Mexico o report on the Mexican Revolution and never returned...no trace
Lastly...Point of View
told by a character in the work whose knowledge is limited to his or her own experiences
Third person omniscient:
told by a voice outside the story who reveals the thoughts and feelings of all the characters
Third person limited:
told by a voice outside the story who focuses on one character's thoughts and feelings
Verbal irony is the use of words to mean something different from what a person actually says, used by the speaker intentionally
“Thanks for the ticket officer you just made my day!”
“I can’t wait to read the seven hundred page report.”
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
1. Take note of the shifts in point of view.
When does it occur? Explain how the shifts in point of view affect the level of suspense.
Third person limited
Third person omniscient
2. Do you see any instances of irony? You may not notice them until you read the story!
Thursday April 24th, 2014
Should one accept his/her fate or fight to change it?
List ways that people respond when faced with a bad situation they cannot change.
Classify each response as responsive or destructive.
This type of irony is popular in movies and books.
It occurs when the audience is aware of something that the characters in the story are not aware of.
An example of dramatic irony is in a movie where a detective does not know that the criminal responsible for the crimes in the city is his partner. The audience however is already aware of this fact and waits anxiously to know what will happen once the character finds out what they already know.
It involves a discrepancy between what is expected to happen and what actually happens.
Situation irony occurs when the exact opposite of what is meant to happen, happens.
An example would be when someone buys a gun to protect himself, but the same gun is used by another individual to injure him. One would expect that the gun would keep him safe, but it has actually caused him injury.
There is however a difference between situation irony and coincidence or bad luck.
What type of irony is found within "The Necklace"?
Why is it ironic?
What effect does this have upon the audience?
Where have we seen Irony?
"Lamb to the Slaughter"
"The Scarlet Ibis"