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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
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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