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  • Use Of Irony In The Story
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    It is Edgar Allan Poe's intense use of symbolism and irony throughout "The Cask of Amontillado" that establishes the short story as a candidate worthy of analysis. The skillful use of these devices are utilized by the author to create this horrific and suspenseful short story. Irony and symbolism in "The Cask of Amontillado" greatly effect the outcome of Fortunato's well being. "The Cask of Amontillado" should be regarded as a slice of a horror story, which revolves around the theme of revenge a...
  • Rappaccinis Daughter Hawthorne
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    Sophocles once said that The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves. That is to say that the source of most human turmoil lies within the beholder. This concept is true and is clearly proven in Nathaniel Hawthornes short stories The Birthmark and Rappaccinis Daughter. Hawthornes works both support Sophocles quotation by using irony and characterization to show that men are the source of their own turmoil. Hawthorne uses irony to show that The Birthmark supports the idea that the source of ...
  • Poetry Of Anthony Hecht
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    The Parodies and Narratives of Atrocity of Anthony Hecht Anthony Hecht, a past Pulitzer Prize winning poet and a former United States Poet Laureate, is arguably one of America's best poets of the post-modern era. Born in 1923, he rose to literary prominence in the 1950's and 1960's with the publication of two books A Summoning of Stones (1954) and The Hard Hours (1967). In his writing, he uses wit to create a situation for parody and uses irony in his "narratives of atrocity" (Hecht, Vol. 19 209...
  • Swifts Proposal
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    In his lengthy literary career, Jonathan Swift wrote many stories that used a broad range of voices that were used to make some compelling personal statements. For example, Swifts, A Modest Proposal, is often heralded as his best use of both sarcasm and irony. Yet taking into account the persona of Swift, as well as the period in which it was written, one can prove that through that same use of sarcasm and irony, this proposal is actually written to entertain the upper-class. Therefore the true ...
  • Situational Irony In Estelle's First Rape Fantasy
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    "Rape Fantasies" Irony is the use of words to express something different from and opposite to their literal meaning. It is used with tone and style to create humorous situations. There are various forms of irony. Margaret Atwood uses situational irony, dramatic irony, and verbal irony in "Rape Fantasies". Situational irony refers to circumstances in which bad things happen to good people, or in which rewards are not earned because forces beyond human comprehension seem to be in total control. M...
  • Three Literary Elements
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    Literary Elements in Poe's Writing In the writings of great authors it is easy to pick out the literary elements used by them. Edgar Allan Poe is one of these authors. He makes use of the same literary elements in many of his stories. Three of the most used literary elements are irony, antagonists and foreshadowing. Irony is used very often by Poe. Irony is when something occurs that is the exact opposite of how it should be or seem. Irony varies in that it may be displayed through someone's act...
  • Actions Of Mrs Mallard
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    32 Lw Lesson 2 1. Irony is a useful device for giving stories many unexpected twists and turns. In Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour,' irony is used very effectively in her story. Situational irony is used to show the reader what is assumed to happen sometimes doesn't. Dramatic irony is used to hint to the reader something is happening to the characters in the story that they do not know about. Irony is used throughout Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour' through the use of situational irony and th...
  • Fuller Hated Susanna
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    Vonnegut uses satire, from innocent innuendo and wit to burlesque, sarcasm and cosmic irony to attack American society in the 1950's and 1960's. These forms of satire can be seen in 'Miss Temptation', 'Welcome to the Monkey House' and 'All the Kings Men'. In 'Miss Temptation', Susanna's "diabolical beauty" (75) or evil beauty mad Puritanism to fall "into such disrepair" (75). The innuendo of Vonnegut's opening sentence attacks the so-called modern thinkers of the day and the ignorance and attitu...
  • Gordon's Essay
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    Understanding modern culture can be very difficult. There are so many parts and variables that make up modern culture, and on top of that, these parts are always changing. In that sense, identifying and analyzing a specific trait in modern culture can be extremely challenging. Pinpointing a trait that is so frequently overused it is often taken for granted. Then being able to explain it so well that people will be able to understand and see this trait as if they had never used, or been a part of...
  • Irony And Stream Of Consciousness Virginia Woolf
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    A Haunted House: Treasures of Life The short story 'A Haunted House' is story with meaning, by portraying to us the treasure of life. When two ghosts are searching through their old house, looking for their 'Treasure', the treasure or meaning is revealed to us. The joy and love shared between two people is the treasure, the treasure of life. By using irony and stream of consciousness Virginia Woolf is able to reveal the meaning of the story. Virginia Woolf uses a style called the 'Stream of Cons...
  • Its Irony As The Novel
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    A consistent and thought provoking novel, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice combines irony and wit to provide audiences with a comedic view of human complexity. The first paragraph in this novel consists only of a single sentence, but in the few words used, Austen is able to present a seemly strong and confident statement, only to use clever dialog and description to reveal its irony as the novel unfolds. Austen's use of irony allows for insightful glances at character development, revealing fau...
  • Irony In Our Own Lives
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    Have you ever read the story of a princess kissing a frog, having it turn into a prince? Well, what if it didn't become a prince, but she turned into a frog herself! This is called irony, something we would not expect to happen. In the story of the princess we would not expect that to happen. In the story "The Lottery", written by Shirley Jackson, we see this situation in another form. She uses irony to bring out the point in her story. "The Lottery", offers an "ironic twist of fate" that causes...
  • Symbolic Of Insignificance In Cosmic Irony
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    Stephen Crane's 'The Open Book': Cosmic Irony by: Sarah ClauerStephen Crane's 'The Open Boat,' is thought to be one of the finest stories ever written by an American. Crane uses a theme of cosmic irony. Cosmic irony is the belief that the universe is so large and man is so small that the universe is indifferent to the plight of man. In 'The Open Boat,' Crane's theme, cosmic irony, is illustrated through the use of symbols for isolation, insignificance, and indifference. Three specific examples o...
  • Joy Hulga's Failed Seduction Turns
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    In the short story, "Good Country People", Flannery O'Connor details the encounter of Joy-Hulga, a woman with a doctorate in philosophy, a wooden leg, and a chip on her shoulder, and Manley Pointer, a door to door bible salesman with a hidden agenda. On the surface, they appear to be as different as night and day, a Christian and an atheist, an optimist and a pessimist. O'Connor also hits the reader with a heavy dose of irony when it becomes apparent that Joy-Hulga isn't as wise as she believes ...
  • Most Blatant Use Of Situational Irony
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    Fiction Paper #1 How Ironic Is That? Everyday Ironies and Literature Flipping from channel to channel, talk shows dominate the line-up during daytime television programming. Stopping to listen, another Susie May takes her place on stage, eyes glazed over, preparing to tell the audience her story and inform her lover of some affair or scandal. Unaware of the heart-breaking situation, a clueless John sits in a back room awaiting his entrance to the stage. Ironically, John prepares to inform Susie ...
  • Use Of Irony In Two Plays
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    Introduction There are many kinds of ironies in life. It is different depending on situations; it would be funny things once in a while and would sometimes make people be displeased. Also, it is sometimes used either with or without intention; one uses irony on purpose, or it could be just happened. However, even though both the parties who use irony and who receive the irony do not notice that irony is used, a third party always would be able to find the irony of between them. Then, irony makes...
  • Dialogue Between Montresor And Fortunato
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    Irony is a form of expression, through words or events, which suggest a reality different from and usually contradictory of what is really expected. Writers sometimes say the opposite of what they mean (sarcasm), reverse expectations and end results, or give the reader more information than the characters possess, allowing statements made by the character to only be understood by the reader. These three types of irony are verbal, situation, and dramatic irony, respectively. "The Cask of Amontill...
  • Importance Of Being Earnest
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    A Long Lasting Comedy In today's world we are all exposed to comedy. We see comedy in a variety of ways. These ways include: movies, plays, situational comedies on television, and stand up comedians. However, there is something very different about the typical comedy today compared to the play? The Importance of Being Earnest? written by Oscar Wilde. The modern comedy usually uses characters that are funny or actors that are known to be great comedians. What I mean by this is that the characters...

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