2 Example: a fire station burns down Situational: something happens that we wouldn’t expect to happenDefinition: a contrast between what is expected and what actually happensExample: a fire station burns downExample: a fire station burns downironyDramatic: the reader knows something the characters do notVerbal – what is said is different than what is meantHome Alone: We know that Kevin has planted traps every where, but the thieves don’t!You tell someone to break a leg but you mean for them to have good luck
3 Identify the following examples of irony as situational, dramatic, or verbal… 1. George breaks a date with his girlfriend so he can go to a ball game with the guys. At the concession stand, he runs into his girlfriend with another guy.
4 A: SITUATIONAL IRONYWe do not expect George to see his girlfriend with another guy.
6 SITUATIONAL IRONYWe don’t expect a FITNESS CENTER to have an escalator because they cause you to burn LESS calories.
7 3. You are watching a horror movie 3. You are watching a horror movie. You know that the boogey man is waiting for the main character in the closet, but the character doesn’t know and unknowingly opens the closet door.
8 A: DRAMATIC IRONYYou, as the audience, know something that the main character does not.
22 SITUATIONAL IRONYIt is ironic that a McDonald’s sign is beside a sign about obesity!
23 11. When watching a talk show, the audience knows why a person has been brought on the show. However, the person in the chair does not know that they are going to be reunited with a long lost friend.
24 A: DRAMATIC IRONYThe audience knows information that a character does not! (We know why the person has been brought on the show, but they don’t!)
26 SITUATIONALWould you expect someone that lives here to specialize in complete home repair?
27 Tie-BreakerAre the following examples ironic? What type of irony are they?“I have no doubt your theatrical performance will receive the praise it so richly deserves.”An ambulance driver rushes to the scene of an accident, only to run the victim over, because the victim crawled into the middle of the street in the darkness of night.The sinking of the Titanic