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Irony and Ambiguity. Vocabulary. Irony. Definition The difference between what we expect to happen and what actually happens. There are three main types of irony: Verbal Situational Dramatic. Verbal Irony. Definition Occurs when someone says one thing but MEANS the opposite.

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Irony and ambiguity

Irony and Ambiguity

Vocabulary


Irony

Irony

  • Definition

    • The difference between what we expect to happen and what actually happens.

    • There are three main types of irony:

      • Verbal

      • Situational

      • Dramatic


Verbal irony

Verbal Irony

  • Definition

    • Occurs when someone says one thing but MEANS the opposite.

    • Example: “Thanks for your support,” the football player said to the coach when he was cut from the team.


Situational irony

Situational Irony

  • Definition:

    • An event is not just surprising but is the OPPOSITE of what we had expected.

    • Example: A thief is hired to guard the bank safe.


Dramatic irony

Dramatic Irony

  • Definition:

    • Takes place when we know what is going to happen to the character but the character does not know.

    • Example: We know, but Roger does not know, that Suzie is going to hit him when he walks around the corner.


Ambiguity

Ambiguity

  • Definition:

    • A quality that allows readers to interpret a story or other work in more than one way.

    • Ambiguity is not something that can be cleared up by careful interpretation.

    • Often times, writers will deliberately make stories ambiguous to show that life itself can be interpreted in more than one way.


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