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Is He Serious? And Other Ironies

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Erieane Brooks

on 30 August 2013

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Is He Serious? And Other Ironies
What does Foster means by “irony trumps everything” ?
It comes from card playing. A trump card wins over all other cards. The saying means that in the end, irony always wins.
I think it has to do with writing. Like if you're writing a book, you can always count on irony, because it can be comic, tragic, etc. It's just irony. Irony hits everyone.

What does Foster mean by "irony chiefly involves, then, is a deflection from expectation.
In order for irony to have any effect or meaning, we must have certain expectations and associations.
Verbal Irony
Donkey: Shrek, remember when you said that ogres have layers?
Shrek: Oh, aye?
Donkey: Well, I have a bit of a confession to make. Donkeys don't have layers. We wear our fear right there on our sleeves.
Shrek: Wait a second, donkeys don't have sleeves.
Donkey: You know what I mean.

Dramatic Irony
" Go ask his name: if he be married. My grave is like to be my wedding bed." - Juliet
She is saying that if Romeo is married or unavailable to her, then she would rather die. This is ironic because Juliet WILL die if she does marry Romeo.
Structural Irony
In the Pride and the Prejudice, Mrs. Bennett as a character because she's clueless and silly woman who's only concerned with marrying off her daughters to maintain a certain persona within her social circle. She thinks everything revolves around her making her extremely ignorant to the dilemma of those around her.
Situational Irony
In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio was expected to win against Tybalt, but at the last minute something happened which allowed Tybalt to win.
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