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1 A Lesson in Irony Irony applies to situations where there is a gap or disconnect between what is expected and what actually happens. It can also be an implied discrepancy, or gap, between what is said and what is meant. We have discussed how literature is a way for writers to share a message with the reader. Just how are the authors we will be studying getting their message across? Irony is just one of the writing tools an artist uses to sharpen his or her point.

2 Ironic by Alanis Morissette An old man turned ninety-eight He won the lottery and died the next day It's a black fly in your Chardonnay It's a death row pardon two minutes too late And isn't it ironic... don't you think Chorus An old man turned ninety-eight He won the lottery and died the next day It's a black fly in your Chardonnay It's a death row pardon two minutes too late And isn't it ironic... don't you think Chorus It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought... it figures Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye He waited his whole damn life to take that flight And as the plane crashed down he thought "Well isn't this nice..." And isn't it ironic... don't you think [ repeat Chorus] It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought... it figures Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye He waited his whole damn life to take that flight And as the plane crashed down he thought "Well isn't this nice..." And isn't it ironic... don't you think [ repeat Chorus]

3 Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you When you think everything's okay and everything's going right And life has a funny way of helping you out when You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up In your face A traffic jam when you're already late A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife It's meeting the man of my dreams And then meeting his beautiful wife And isn't it ironic...don't you think A little too ironic...and, yeah, I really do think... Chorus It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought... it figures Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out Helping you out It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought... it figures Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out Helping you out

4 Wheres the irony in the song? What examples irony did you find in the song Ironic? What examples irony did you find in the song Ironic? What is the mood of the song? What is the mood of the song?

5 Dramatic Irony Produced when the audiences or readers knowledge of events surpasses that of the characters. The words and actions therefore, take on a different meaning for the audience/ reader than for the characters. A few examples: Shakespearean soliloquies Romeo and Juliet Common technique used in horror movies

6 Situational Irony A discrepancy between the expected and the actual state of affairs; a contradictory or badly-timed outcome of events as if in mockery of the fitness of things. Simply, the unexpected happens. A few examples: A firefighters house burns down Stories with a surprise ending i.e the homicide detective ends up being the murderer.

7 Verbal Irony The use of words to express something other than (and especially the opposite of) the literal meaning. Especially the humorous use of praise to imply condemnation or contempt. A few examples: You are as a candle, the better burnt out. –Henry IV, part 2 Sarcasm: saying the opposite of what you really feel in an attempt to be funny or illicit a response

8 A few questions for discussion… What are some of the cultural functions and/or purposes of literature and music? What are the possible intentions of artists when they create popular (or not so popular) music for an audience ?

9 Lets Review-What is Irony? Irony is an implied discrepancy, or gap, between what is said and what is meant. Also applies to situations where there is a gap between what is expected and what actually happens. Sometimes as cultural observers and participants we are expected to bridge that gap.

10 Sleeping In by The Postal Service Last week I had the strangest dream Where everything was exactly how it seemed Where there was never any mystery of who shot John F. Kennedy It was just a man with something to prove Slightly bored and severely confused He steadied his rifle with his target in the center And became famous on that day in November Don't wake me I plan on sleeping Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in Don't wake me I plan on sleeping Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in Last week I had the strangest dream Where everything was exactly how it seemed Where there was never any mystery of who shot John F. Kennedy It was just a man with something to prove Slightly bored and severely confused He steadied his rifle with his target in the center And became famous on that day in November Don't wake me I plan on sleeping Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in Don't wake me I plan on sleeping Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in

11 Again last night I had that strange dream Where everything was exactly how it seemed Where concerns about the world getting warmer The people thought they were just being rewarded For treating others as they'd like to be treated For obeying stop signs and curing diseases For mailing letters with the address of the sender Now we can swim any day in November Don't wake me I plan on sleeping Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in Don't wake me I plan on sleeping Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in Don't wake me I plan on sleeping Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in Don't wake me I plan on sleeping Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in


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