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Types of Irony in "The Most Dangerous Game"

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Transcript of Types of Irony in "The Most Dangerous Game"

Definition
"The Most Dangerous Game"
By: Richard Connell

the expression of one's meaning by using body language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or empathetic effect.
Examples of irony in the text
Example 1
Examples of irony in the text
Example 3
Examples of irony in the text
Example 2
Example 2 continued ...
"Who cares how a jaguar feels?"
Irony:
In "The Most Dangerous Game," the audience is able to guess through the use of foreshadowing that General Zaroff was going to hunt Rainsford. At this point in the story, Rainsford is not aware. "I've got one rather promising prospect.
At the beginning of the story, Rainsford was talking to Whitney and he said,"Who cares how a jaguar feels?" Rainsford ended up in the jaguar's position because he was being hunted.
In "The Most Dangerous Game, Zaroff said," I have electricity, we try to be civilized here." This is ironic because how is hunting humans for a hobby being civilized? Also, when the hunting is going on, his island is chaotic, not civilized.
"He executed a series of intricate loops; he doubled on his trail again and again recalling all the lore of the fox hunt, and all the dodges of the fox." At this part of the story, Rainsford had just started running away from General Zaroff. This direct quote tells that Rainsford feels like a fox (or a jaguar) being hunted.
The importance of irony in a story is to engage the audience, and it makes the story more interesting.
An author puts irony in the story to make the reader want to read more. It also gives the story an unexpected twist.
Three Types:
Situational
Verbal
Dramatic
Situational Irony
Verbal Irony
Dramatic Irony
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