STANDARD Reading 3.8-Interpret and evaluate the impact of ambiguities, subtleties, contradictions, ironies, and incongruities in a text
IN YOUR WORDS!!! Reading 3.8- Not all works of literature are simple and straight forward. Many have ambiguous or uncertain meaning. They may be very subtle; their elements may seem to contradict one another; their conflicts might be resolved in ironic ways; or they may contain moments that seem puzzling and out of place.
SITUATIONAL IRONY We don’t expect a FITNESS CENTER to have an escalator because they cause you to burn LESS calories.
IDENTIFY THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES OF IRONY AS SITUATIONAL, DRAMATIC, OR VERBAL… 2. 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.
SITUATIONAL IRONY We do not expect George to see his girlfriend with another guy.
3. IN LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, THE READER KNOWS THAT THE WOLF HAS EATEN THE GRANDMOTHER AND INTENDS TO FOOL THE GIRL INTO BELIEVING THAT HE IS THE GRANDMOTHER.
DRAMATIC IRONY Little Red Riding Hood does not know what the reader knows about the wolf and her grandmother.
4. 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.
DRAMATIC IRONY You, as the audience, know something that the main character does not.
5. As you walk outside into the pouring rain, your friend sarcastically comments, “What lovely weather we’re having today.”
VERBAL IRONY Your friend is saying that it is lovely weather but what she means is just the opposite. It is a very dreary day.
SITUATIONAL IRONY We wouldn’t expect a POLICE STATION to get robbed. They investigate robberies!
10. Your date for the school dance shows up in ripped jeans and a stained t-shirt. With a smirk, you say, “Oh! I see you dressed up for the occasion.”
VERBAL IRONY What you’ve said is different than what you mean. You mean that your date hasn’t bother to dress up at all, but that isn’t what you said!
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.
DRAMATIC IRONY The audience knows information that a character does not! (We know why the person has been brought on the show, but they don’t!)
SITUATIONAL Would you expect someone that lives here to specialize in complete home repair?
14. In the beginning of a story, firefighters leave the firehouse to put out a fire at the school. After it is out, they arrive back to the firehouse and it has burned down!
SITUATIONAL IRONY You wouldn’t expect a fire station where firemen work to burn down!
16. Movie goers see a man walking in the woods and a poisonous snake waiting on the path ahead. The man keeps walking toward the snake !
DRAMATIC IRONY The audience sees the snake and knows there is danger. The character does not!
17. In the story The Necklace, Mme. Loisel tells her friend about losing the diamond necklace and working 10 years to pay for a new one. Mme. Forestier tells her it was fake!
SITUATIONAL IRONY Mme. Loisel couldn’t afford the necklace and worked very hard to replace what she thought was a real diamond necklace!
18. In the play Romeo and Juliet, the audience knows that Juliet had taken the potion from Friar Lawrence to appear dead, but Romeo did not. When Romeo rushes in and find his Juliet "dead," he kills himself. Juliet wakes up finally, and then commits suicide as well.
DRAMATIC IRONY The audience knows that Juliet is alive and Romeo does not.
19. Your friend makes an “F” on their midterm report. You say, “Great job.”
VERBAL IRONY Your friend didn’t really do a great job. He did the opposite!
20. Your parent asks you to clean up your room. You grumble and say, “I’ll be happy to.”
VERBAL IRONY You really don’t want to clean up your room!
http://youtu.be/Nm-1xvWibt0 “IRONIC” BY ALANIS MORISSETTE
GROUP ACTIVITY In your group, think of one example of each type of irony. This maybe from a movie you have watched, a book you have read, something you have experienced in life… 1. VerbalWhen I’m sick and looking awful, my friend says, “Don’t you look great!” 2. SituationalIn college, a boy asked me out on a date for Friday night. He never called that day to tell me what time he was going to pick me up. So I went to dinner with a friend, and he was at the same restaurant! 3. DramaticIn the movie Cinderella, the audience knows the prince is downstairs with the glass slipper, but Cinderella doesn’t know