Irony In Fiction

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Definition and example of verbal, dramatic, and cosmic irony.

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Irony In Fiction

  1. 1. G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTION The Elements of Fiction Point of View :: Irony
  2. 2. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Irony :: Discrepancies between what is said and what we are to accept as truth
  3. 3. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Verbal irony :: A rhetorical device in which the author (or character) says one thing and means another
  4. 4. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Verbal irony :: Example “Mother, did I ever tell you? I am lucky!”
  5. 5. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Dramatic irony :: A device of plot in which the reader or audience knows more than the character does
  6. 6. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Dramatic irony :: Example “[Julian] could see [his mother] with absolute clarity….She lived according to the laws of her own fantasy world outside of which he had never seen her set foot.”
  7. 7. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Cosmic irony :: An all-encompassing attitude toward life, which takes into account the contradictions inherent in the human condition
  8. 8. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Cosmic irony :: Example Lawrence’s attitude in “The Rocking- Horse Winner” is a perfect example: the money that we ceaselessly pursue, the wealth that worship and that defines us a lucky winners is what turns us to stone, leaving us loveless and lifeless.

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