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A definition of irony examined in its three parts

A definition of irony examined in its three parts


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  • 1. Irony An incongruity, best understood in three parts
  • 2. Dramatic irony
    • When the audience knows something a character does not know
    • Example : horror movies and Borne Identity
    • “ Look out behind you!”
  • 3. Situational irony
    • When something happens opposite of how one expects it to happen
    • Example : Spiderman doesn’t stop the thief
    • “ If he’d only known!”
  • 4. Verbal irony
    • When a person says one thing but means another
    • Example : sarcasm