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The Things They Carried
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as in: situational irony Define
when what happens is very different than what might be expected -- especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
  • "Wasted in the waste," he said. "... You got to admit, it's pure world-class irony."

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  • She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
  • Ironically, he did not do as well when he concentrated on not making mistakes.

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  • The ironies went beyond him.
  • No doubt Max would've liked it, the irony in particular, but Max had become a pure idea, which was its own irony.

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  • No doubt Max would've liked it, the irony in particular, but Max had become a pure idea, which was its own irony.
  • The letter covered seventeen handwritten pages, its tone jumping from self-pity to anger to irony to guilt to a kind of feigned indifference.
  • When someone died, it wasn't quite dying, because in a curious way it seemed scripted, and because they had their lines mostly memorized, irony mixed with tragedy, and because they called it by other names, as if to encyst and destroy the reality of death itself.
  • He coughed and shook his head and said, "Man, talk about irony.
  • Eating shit-it's your classic irony.

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as in: situational irony Define
when what happens is very different than what might be expected -- especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
as in: verbal irony Define
saying or writing one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else -- usually as humor or sarcasm
as in: dramatic irony Define
when the meaning of a situation is understood by the reader or audience but not by the characters in the story (such as in the play, Romeo and Juliet)
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