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THREE TYPES OF IRONY. LITERARY DEVICES COMMON CORE READING STANDARD FOR LITERATURE : Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact. SITUATIONAL IRONY.

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Three types of irony

THREE TYPES OF IRONY

LITERARY DEVICES

COMMON CORE READING STANDARD FOR LITERATURE: Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of

a text contribute to its overall structure and meaning as

well as its aesthetic impact.


Situational irony
SITUATIONAL IRONY

DEFINITION: When a character or reader expects one thing to happen but something completely different occurs

EXAMPLE: Oedipus seeks to cast out the murderer from Thebes in order to release Thebes from the plague, when in reality Oedipus is the murderer who is causing the plague.


Dramatic irony
DRAMATIC IRONY

DEFINITION: When you, the reader or viewer, are aware of information of which the characters are unaware.

EXAMPLE: When Oedipus believes he will protect himself and his city by avenging the murdered king, the audience is aware that by avenging Laius, Oedipus will actually destroy himself.


Verbal irony
VERBAL IRONY

DEFINITION: When a speaker or writer uses words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; saying one thing, but meaning something completely different.

EXAMPLE: When Teiresias says to Oedipus, “I say that you, with both of your eyes are blind.”


Assignment
ASSIGNMENT

  • With a partner, identify three examples of EACH type of irony within the play Oedipus Rex. For each example include the following:

    • Label the type of irony

    • Provide the quote from the play (with line numbers in parenthesis)

    • Explain how the quote is ironic


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