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Transcript of The Incident
Irony of situation Chapter Seven: Figurative language Irony The Incident A paradox is "an apparent contradiction that is nevertheless somehow true." Either a situation or a statement that contradicts it's self but when contemplated, is actually true.
A paradox adds shock value by startling the reader to attention, and enhances the meaning of the work. Verbal Irony Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.
Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, 'Nigger.'
I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember. The Incident Andrew Menendez Overstatement Paradoxes The Incident (REMIX) Shift "...but he poked his tongue out and called me a 'Nigger'." Title The Incident sounds like a pivotal point in someone's life. Where their lives were changed, knowledge was acquired or an important event unfolded. Understatement Vs Hyperbole Exaggeration Stating less than the
truth to get a point
across Not literal Not exactly true Indicates tone, speaker's attitude and thoughts
on subject Stating more than the truth to get a point across Saying the opposite of what one means. Does not imply ridicule
Satire Sarcasm Dramatic Irony Irony of situation One day when I visited Baltimore, I saw a Baltimorean looking at me.
I was young and small but he didn't look any better so I smiled at him
but then he stuck his
tongue out and called me a nigger
Out of my eight month stay in Baltimore that's the only thing I recall No longer is the speaker as "heart-filled, head-filled with glee" as before. Now the speaker's spirits along with innocence has been taken and broken. That one word ruined the speaker's eight month vacation, and his view of the world.
The time period of the poem is 1920s, so the new world the speaker sees is the world filled with thoughtless hate and racism. A bit like the video above. After reading the poem the Incident refers to the simultaneous exposure to racism and loss of innocence. Ridicules, and makes fun of stuff but uses the humor to convey a serious message. Literally means to tear flesh. It is used to hurt someones feelings. Discrepancy between what the speaker says and what the work means. Discrepancy between actual circumstances and expected circumstances. THEME Innocence is a utopia. It allows one to be happy, carefree, worry free, and all around cheerful. It is a cocoon of ignorance that one safely lives in. But once knowledge of the outside world is acquired, you see the world for how ugly it can be. And that same child like happiness, is very difficult to get back