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There are three main types of irony, those being, situational, dramatic and verbal. Those all can be found in the story The Gift of the Magi.

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Pedro Frazillio English Comp 1 101-14 Mr. Greenfield 06 December 2010 Irony According to Dictionary.com, irony is a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character. Irony gives the writer a chance to let their story be creative and make it their own. There are three main types of irony, those being, situational, dramatic and verbal. Those all can be found in the story The Gift of the Magi. I will give examples of how situational, dramatic and verbal irony was placed into the story. ...read more.

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One was Jim's gold watch, the other Della's hair." Frazillio 2 The next is dramatic irony, when the audience is aware of something that the characters are not. A perfect example is in second to last paragraph when it is found out that Jim has sold his watch to buy the combs. He sold one of their best possessions to get something that he thought Della would love. Another example is when Della cuts her hair in the middle of the story. She deep down loves her hair and does not want to lose it, but she sacrificed something she really cared about to get something she thought Jim would really love. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is something she clearly does not want to do, but she does it anyways to make her husband happy. This story was filled with great irony that made the story interesting and kept the audience thinking one thing might happen, but in the end switching it up and having the opposite occur. By the end of the story the opposite of what is believed to happen occurs. It shows the audience that the main irony of the story is when they give up their prize and most Frazillio 3 loved possession for something that ends up being a useless gift. But there is no doubt irony made this story into an enjoyable one. ...read more.

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