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Transcript of Irony
Irony is a literary device that relies on the difference between expectation and outcome.
3 Types of Irony
Verbal irony is the use of words to mean something different from what a person actually says
Verbal Irony Examples
“Thanks for the ticket officer you just made my day!”
“I can’t wait to read the seven hundred page report.”
The above examples show how irony is used to show someone’s frustration or disappointment.
Situational irony occurs when the exact opposite of what is meant to happen, happens
Situational Irony Examples
When someone washes his car and it rains, that is just bad luck; nothing led him or her to think that it would not rain.
However, when a TV weather presenter gets caught in an unexpected storm, it is ironic because he or she is expected to know the exact weather changes.
For situational irony to occur there has to be something that leads a person to think that a particular event or situation is unlikely happen.
This type of irony is popular in works of art such as movies, books, poems and plays.
It occurs when the audience is aware of something that the characters in the story are not aware of.
Dramatic Irony Example
An example of tragic irony is when a character orders poisoned food that is supposed to kill him or her and the audience already knows that the character is destined to die from food poisoning.