• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What is Irony? - situational, verbal, and dramatic forms

Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  • Essay length: 640 words
  • Submitted: 18/08/2003
Share this essay:
University Degree Romeo and Juliet

The first 200 words of this essay...

What is Irony

What is irony? It is hard to discuss irony without first discussing the 3 types of irony, and these are situational, verbal, and dramatic irony. Each is similar yet different from the others in that all has something that is unexpected happen, but each will carry these unexpected happenings out in a different manner. Verbal irony creates something unexpected through the use of speech. Situational irony uses action or a situation to create the same effect. Dramatic irony has the audience or reader know the unexpected, yet the character itself has no clue of what will happen. Irony presents itself everywhere in life. The ones that are the least unexpected are the ones that makes us laugh, cry, or smile the most. These are also the ones that will always be remembered.

Verbal irony presents itself the most through a conversation with another person. It is impossible to have verbal irony without the use of speech from at least one person. Although verbal irony can cause different emotions, it often turns out to be a joke. For instance, stand-up comedians usually rely on verbal irony to induce laughter from the audience. A

Read more
The above preview is unformatted text

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • Over 150,000 essays available
  • Just £6.99 a month

  • "
    This site has helped me a lot with my coursework because it has enabled me to think, find evidence and explain my literature texts. Thanks to this site I have started receiving A* and As in English.
    "
    Zoia, London. GCSE Student. 'English, Science, RE, Geography, History.'
  • "
    Great educational tool, really useful and really helps teach students about how to write and structure their coursework.
    "
    George Boustred English, Maths, Science, Resistant Materials, History, Music. GCSE Student

Marked by a teacher

This essay has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the essay.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the essay page.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review under the essay preview on this page.