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Is He Serious? And Other Ironies

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Kylie Graham

on 10 September 2012

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Transcript of Is He Serious? And Other Ironies

Is He Serious? And Other Ironies By: Kylie Graham So.... Chapter 26 As you may have guessed this chapter is all about irony. Foster begins by stating that, "irony trumps everything". What does he mean? Well... He means that the topics and themes discussed in the previous chapters, get thrown out the window and forgotten when irony is present. Quests, journeys, markings, symbols, and disease become insignificant.
So... the symbolic river is no longer symbolic if it leads to nowhere...Ironic. Many authors have employed irony in their works...Can you think of any? Foster breaks down the definition of irony to mean that an author will take its audience's expectations and up-bend them. Working in the opposite of what they had predicted for the outcome. Take rain; it has the power to mean life, birth, promise, fertility, and usually eludes to some sort of cleanse. However, Hemingway "up-bends" the audiences expectations in, A Farewell, (spoiler alert) at the end of the novel the main character, Frederic Henry, has just experienced the death of his beloved wife and baby during childbirth. The scene ends with him walking out into the rain during the winter season. (that last part isn't ironic) but the part where rain is suppose to mean fertility and birth and it follows the death of his son definitely falls under the category of ironic. Oh the Irony... Fosters examples:
Spring comes to a wasteland and it's un-noticed
A story's "hero" is murdered at dinner with the villain, during a toast in their honor.
A character crashes their car into a billboard unscratched , however the billboard falls on the car and crash! They die. Foster greatly examines characters in literature acting ironic; such as a "Christ figure" who leads a band of followers,is overthrown by his disciples, offered a bargain by the devil, spends time in the wilderness, and is believed to be dead but is revived. However, he is known to be violent, arrogant, and elitist. Ironic?...yes Examples of Characters in literature:
Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice- He claims that Elizabeth Bennett isn't handsome enough to dance with, yet he ends up marrying her.

The Capitol in The Hunger Games- they discourage violence within the districts because of the first rebellion, however every year they enlist 24 kids to fight brutally to the death... How about the Titanic.... This chapter proves to not be incredibly useful. (hah Irony! i bet you thought i was going to say that it was) Well it isn't. Its useful in the sense that it shows how to recognize irony and what it is exactly, but if you didn't already know what irony was then i am not too sure why you're in this class. However, being able to tell the difference between Irony and hypocrisy, or oxymoron is important which Foster points out in this Chapter. Useful?... It does make sense to point out that a symbol is not always a symbol if Irony is apparent. And a character described as a Christ Figure can still be an evil ax-murderer; much to our surprise. Which is why....."Irony Trumps Everything!" THE END.
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