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Transcript of Irony
An incongruity between what is said and what is meant
For example, your date comes to pick you up, and he looks like this:
What could you say that is verbally ironic?
When the audience knows something that at least one character does not
When you expect one thing to happen and the opposite occurs- "perverse appropriateness"- it fits in a twisted way
For example, Reagan's bulletproof glass deflecting the bullets into him
Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.
Iraqi terrorist, Khay Rahnajet, didn’t pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with “return to sender” stamped on it. You’ve guessed it; he opened it and said a fond farewell to his face.
A psychology student rented out her spare room to a carpenter in order to nag him constantly and study his reactions. After weeks of needling, he snapped and beat her repeatedly with an axe, leaving her mentally retarded.