by Don L. F. Nilsen
and Alleen Pace Nilsen
HISTORICALLY, IRONY IN LITERATURE developed during the Age of the Enlightenment—the time of Voltaire, Hume, Pope, Dryden, Swift, Addison, Steele, and Diderot; however it has a long history as in these examples.
From Lewis Carroll
From Lemony Snicket
TRAGIC IRONY History of Ideasoccurs in situations where there are terrible consequences as in the Greek drama Oedipus Rex, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and King Lear, and maybe even Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
So why in a class on humor, should we look at tragic irony?
ONLY IN AMERICA…
DO YOU EVER WONDER...
The author was protesting how in today’s economy, companies are increasingly asking students to do work for free (sometimes paying tuition for the privilege) that before the “downturn” they would have been paid for.
Because it is so hard to give definitions and clear-cut answers to all the possible questions about paradox and irony, we will end with a few more paradoxical statements made by famous writers and thinkers.
FRIENDS OF IRONY:
ALANIS MORISSETTE: “Ironic” Song with Lyrics: