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Types of Irony
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broadest class of figures of thought, derives from the eiron. It's major types are verbal, structural, dramatic, tragic and cosmic
often the complete opposite of what one has stated. Signaled by clues in the context or style of expression. Literature that uses it examples: Importance of Being Earnest, A modest proposal
implication of alternative or more complex meaning that pervades a work. Major technique is using an unreliable narrator who interprets events wrongly. Huck Finn acts out of compassion to Jim but contemplates returning Jim to the system
When the audience knows something that a character lacks. In Othello we know that Iago plans to destroy Othello, We know Oedipus is the scourge that he wants to rid the city of.
Cosmic / Tragic Irony
The worldview where characters embrace false hopes of help and success only to be defeated by God. Example: the Titanic was said to be unsinkable, but it hits an iceberg and goes under.
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