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Irony 3 Kinds of Irony What is Irony? Irony is about expectations. Irony: the opposite of what is expected. 3 kinds of irony • Verbal • Dramatic • Situational Verbal Irony A character says one thing but means the opposite Also called sarcasm or being sarcastic. Examples The locker room smells really good. Awesome! Another homework packet! Dramatic Irony When the reader understands more about the events of a story than a character. You know something that a character doesn’t. Example Tim’s parents are proud of the “A” he got on the test, but we know he cheated. Alex writes a love poem to Judy but we know that Judy loves Devin. Situational Irony When what actually happens is the opposite of what is expected. Something about the situation is completely unexpected. Example • Example: A person who claims to be a vegan and avoids meat but will eat a slice of pepperoni pizza because they are hungry. ... • Example: A man who is a traffic cop gets his license suspended for unpaid parking tickets Situational Irony ONLY IN AMERICA… • …do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters. • …do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage. • …do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front counter. 10 Roadside Ironies 11 Examples of Irony 12 More Examples of Irony 13 MORE SITUATIONAL IRONIES DO YOU EVER WONDER... • WHY the time of day with the slowest traffic is called “rush hour”? • WHY they sterilize the needle for lethal injections? • WHY if flying is so safe, airports are called terminals? • WHY sheep don’t shrink when it rains? 14 Review Something that is ironic is unexpected. If unexpected by a character, it’s dramatic. If unexpected by everyone, it’s situational. If it’s sarcasm, it’s verbal.