Irony. The contrast between expectation/appropriateness and reality. Kinds of Irony:. Dramatic Audience or reader knows something important but the characters don ’ t Verbal Speaker says one thing but means the opposite Situational Reality is not what was expected or appropriate. Formula.
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The contrast between expectation/appropriateness and reality
You would expect Alanis Morrisette’s song titled “Isn’t it Ironic?” to actually provide examples of irony, because that is what the title implies, but in reality it doesn’t!
He won the lottery and died the next day
- We wouldn’t expect nor is it appropriate that a man who has lived to be as old as 98 to die the day after he wins the lottery because he finally has a reason to live.
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
"Well isn't this nice..."
And then meeting his beautiful wife