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Irony in Animal Farm

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on 26 February 2014

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Transcript of Irony in Animal Farm

Situational Irony
The situational irony in the piece is that the animals took over the farm so they could run it themselves. They didn't like the way they were being treated by the humans, but in the end they end up exactly like them. The pigs go from animals who hate people, to animals who act like people and treat the other animals they way they were treated before.
Dramatic Irony
Dramatic irony is when the reader of a piece knows something the characters do not. The reader knows what the rules say because of their being able to read, and since the animals don't have the knowledge, the pigs take advantage of their 'blindness' and slowly over rule the entire farm.
Verbal Irony
Verbal irony is usually a figure of speech, in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant. The use of verbal irony in Animal Farm is to criticize dictatorship and communism.
To begin, there are actually 3 types of irony. Dramatic, Verbal, and Situational, all of which are used in Animal Farm.
Another example
When Boxer is being taken to the slaughter house, Squealer insures a trust that he was taken to the hospital. This turns out not to be true because on the side of the van it said "Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler", but the animals do not know this because of their illiteracy.
Examples
The pigs start to sleep in beds. The rule of "No animal shall sleep in a bed" is changed to "No animal shall sleep in a bed
with sheets.
" Then again, the pigs start to drink and alter the drinking commandment to "No animal shall drink
in excess
."
Irony in
Animal Farm

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