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irony
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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situational irony
Definition
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
  • "I'll remind you of that," my grandmother remarked; she must have found it ironic that her rosebushes, having suffered years of Sagamore's blundering, were about to be the beneficiaries of his decomposition.
    p. 185.2
  • But what an irony it is that Hester the Molester has converted her damage into millions of dollars and fame—that out of Owen's suffering, and her own, Hester has made a mindless muddle of sex and protest, which young girls who have never suffered feel they can "relate to."
    p. 522.3

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  • And, with the exception of Owen Meany and the Beatles, I remember that there was precious little irony.
    p. 519.6
  • IRONICALLY, THE OTHER PART I'M PLAYING THIS CHRISTMAS—YES, YES, I MEAN THE STUPID PAGEANT—IRONICALLY, THIS PREPARES ME FOR THE ROLE.
    p. 201.1
  • IRONICALLY, THE OTHER PART I'M PLAYING THIS CHRISTMAS—YES, YES, I MEAN THE STUPID PAGEANT—IRONICALLY, THIS PREPARES ME FOR THE ROLE.
    p. 201.2
  • Owen Meany did not miss the irony in my grandmother's voice; yet he beamed at her—and he returned her curtsy with a confident bow, and with a little tip of his red-and-black-checkered hunter's cap.
    p. 204.0
  • Ironically—even though they worked with the diamond wheel—most of the sawyers had all their fingers; but none of the quarrymen had all their fingers; only Mr. Meany had all his.
    p. 291.2
  • The Voice said: "IT IS IRONIC AND SELF-SERVING THAT THE SO-CALLED 'EXPANDED BUILDING PROPOSAL' SHOULD BEGIN WITH A NEW HOUSE FOR THE HEADMASTER.
    p. 333.6
  • That's why Hester failed as a singer and as a songwriter—a deadly absence of irony.
    p. 519.6
  • Perhaps this is also why she's so successful now: with the direction her music traveled, from folk to rock, and with the visual aid of those appalling rock videos—those lazy-minded, sleazy associations of "images" that pass for narrative on all the rock-video television channels around the world—irony is no longer necessary.
    p. 519.8
  • Only the name that Hester took for herself reflects the irony with which she was once so familiar—in her relationship with Owen Meany.
    p. 519.8

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