Presentation on theme: "Irony A contradiction between what happens and what you expect to happen Examples: A fireman afraid of fire A dentist with crooked teeth and cavities galore."— Presentation transcript:
1 IronyA contradiction between what happens and what you expect to happenExamples:A fireman afraid of fireA dentist with crooked teeth and cavities galoreYou shout “I’m not upset!” but your fists are clenched, your eyes look like they are ready to pop out, and your face is the color of tomato red (sarcasm)
2 What is Irony? Irony is about expectations. Irony: the opposite of what is expected.3 kinds of ironyVerbalDramaticSituational
3 Verbal Irony Saying one thing but meaning another Also called sarcasm or being sarcastic.Examples:As your teacher is signing detention forms for students who did not complete their homework, she says in an irritated voice, “I just love when students don’t do their homework!”It’s raining cats and dogs outside. You took the day off from work today to finally put up a fence post because of your annoying neighbors. You express, “This weather is just lovely.”Your friend spoils the ending of a movie for you, and you express in a haughty tone, “Thanks a lot!”
4 Dramatic IronyWhen the reader understands more about the events of a story than a character.You know something that a character doesn’t.ExampleTim’s parents are proud of the “A” he got on the test, but we know he cheated.Alex writes a love poem to Judy but we know that Judy loves Devin.
5 Dramatic Irony Continued Example:In Cinderella, the prince goes searching for the “princess” who lost her slipper at the ball. The prince does not know that she is a poor girl, almost a slave to her stepsisters and stepmother. It is ironic because we know the owner of the shoe is Cinderella, a poor girl, but he thinks it is a girl that comes from great wealth.
6 Situational IronyWhen what actually happens is the opposite of what is expected.Something about the situation is completely unexpected.ExampleGeneral Sedgwick’s last words were, “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”Bill Gates uses an Apple computer.
11 Something that is ironic is unexpected. ReviewSomething that is ironic is unexpected.If unexpected by a character, it’s dramatic.If unexpected by everyone, it’s situational.If it’s sarcasm, it’s verbal.