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Irony and Puns

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Emily Norman

on 6 October 2014

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Transcript of Irony and Puns

Verbal Irony
Situation Irony
Irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected.
Dramatic Irony
Irony involving the situation when the audience knows something that the characters don't.
Puns
A joke showing the different and possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound similar but have different meanings.
Irony in General!!!
Irony is a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the words.
It can also be the difference between the appearance and the reality.
Irony and Puns

Example
Examples
A girl takes off her most cherished earrings and places then by the sink to wash her face. She accidentally knocks the pair down the drain, unaware of the situation. The audience has seen the situation unfold but the character has not.
Irony in which a person says or writes one thing and means another, or uses words to make known the meaning that is the opposite of the actual or literal meaning.
Examples
Best friends always stick together!!
Why is it used?


There are two kinds of verbal irony :
Understatement occurs when one minimizes the nature of something.
Overstatement occurs when one exaggerates the nature of something.
Example
Situational irony is often used to expose hypocrisy and injustice
Why is it used?
Clear as mud.
Used to show how one feels toward a subject. Also used to critique and also used for sarcasm.
A person tries to avoid the sprinkler, but ends up falling into the pool.
Why is it used?
mud is not clear, therefore this makes sense for it to be verbal irony.
Make you laugh
Make you think
Increase clarity when we’re trying to discern the meaning of a text
What is it used?
"Dictionary.com." . N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar 2014.
<dictionary.reference.com/browse/
Works Cited
"Critical Concepts: Verbal Irony." Verbal Irony. N.p., 30 Nov 2000. Web. 14 Mar 2014.
<http://www.k-state.edu/english/baker/english320/cc-verbal_irony.htm>.
It's supposed to create suspense for the reader or the audience. It encourages the audience to hope and anticipate what is going to happen when the character finds the truth about the situation.
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