Stylistic Devices - Irony

What is irony?

Irony is a figure of speech in which there is a contradiction of expectation between what is said and what is really meant. It is characterized by an incongruity, a contrast, between reality and appearance. There are three types of irony: verbal, dramatic and situational.

Types of irony

  1. Verbal irony:
    It is a contrast between what is said and what is meant
  2. Dramatic irony:
    It occurs when the audience or the reader knows more than the character about events. In other words, what the character thinks is true is incongruous with what the audience knows.
  3. Situational irony:
    This refers to the contrast between the actual result of a situation and what was intended or expected to happen.

Examples of irony

  • His argument was as clear as mud.
  • The two identical twins were arguing. One of them told the other: "You're ugly"
  • The thieves robbed the police station.

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