Irony

Use of Irony in Oedipus Rex

Many sources tell us that Sophocles wrote more then one hundred plays, but only seven of them have survived the centuries in their entirety. Certainly the best known of his surviving plays is Oedipus Rex. The plot of the play hinges on the element of irony. Irony can be defined as a combination of circumstances […]

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Macbeth Irony

There can be no argument that William Shakespeare’s genius and gift of poetic writing is present in Macbeth. In addition, Shakespeare makes use of many outside sources for his work, pulling from political and historical events. Nearly all of Macbeth has a basis in historical fact. Holinshed chronicled in the sixteenth century the histories of […]

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Relationship Between John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor in Cruclible

Arthur miller uses stage directions to establish the relationship betwee John and Elizabeth in act 2. The narrative at the beginning of the scene John is directed to season the stew that Elizabeth has made for their evening meal because he wasn’t quite pleased with what she had made. This can be interpreted as a […]

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Good Country People

1) My initial response to the story’s title is that the short story was going to be about a happy family that lived in the country and drama to make the story interesting. At the start, it seemed as if anybody that was from the country were “good” and never did anything wrong throughout their […]

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Lottery: Irony and Story

1. Were you surprised by the ending of the story? If not, at what point did you know what was going to happen? How does Jackson start to foreshadow the ending in paragraphs 2 and 3? Conversely, how does Jackson lull us into thinking that this is just an ordinary story with an ordinary town? […]

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Irony of Macbeth, and Antigone

1. Act 1 Scene 4, line 50; the witches hail Macbeth, “thane of Cawdor! ” Dramatic irony: At this point, Macbeth is unaware that the king has conferred this honor upon him because of his valor in battle, so he attributes his fortune to the witches’ prophecy. However, the audience knows Duncan made the pronouncement […]

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Dramatic Irony in Macbeth

1. Dramatic Irony: It is the device of giving the spectator an item of information that at least one of the characters in the narrative is unaware of (at least consciously), thus placing the spectator a step ahead of at least one of the characters. Dramatic Irony is a literary term that defines a situation […]

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Irony in “The Way to Wealth”

There are few Americans unfamiliar with the many contributions of Benjamin Franklin, from his work as an inventor and philosopher to his part in founding the United States.

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