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Irony in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Victoria Gentile

on 3 November 2015

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Transcript of Irony in To Kill a Mockingbird

Irony in
To Kill a Mockingbird

What is irony?
A statement or occurrence that is opposite of what is expected
Situational, dramatic, and verbal irony
Situational Irony
When the outcome is the opposite of what is expected.
Some examples are...
Dramatic Irony
When the audience/reader is aware of something that the character is not
Some examples are...
Atticus defending Tom Robinson because he is black
"They shot him...He was running. It was during their exercise period. They said he just broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and starting climbing over. Right in front of them" (235)
"...you are a fortunate girl. You live in a Christian home with Christian folks in a Christian town. Out there in J. Grimes Everett's land there's nothing but sin and squalor." (231)
"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow" (3).
Verbal Irony
When the actual intent is expressed in words which carry the opposite meaning
Some examples are...
“I have a feeling that if you tell Miss Caroline we read every night she’ll get after me, and I wouldn’t want her after me.”
Bob called Atticus a “nigger-lover.”
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