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The Irony in Death In George Orwells A Hanging the roll of irony is distinctly present Irony can be found in a lot of statements Orwell uses about how the prisoner that is about to be hanged Irony is the use of comments by the writer to communicate with the reader on a subtle level Orwell uses irony to show the reader how he is against capital punishment instead of just stating that he is Orwell seems to be struggling with the idea of death and through the use of irony he describes how a man about to be hung acts as if everything is normal When the guards are walking the prisoner to the Gallows the prisoner sidesteps a puddle This passage shows that there is still instinct in the prisoner and that he doesnt quite feel like his life is over And once in spite of the men who gripped him by each shoulder he stepped slightly aside to avoid a puddle on the path Even though the guard was holding him he still managed to side step the puddle and avoid it as it may have made him uncomfortable Also he still has human instinct because people tend to avoid what will make them uncomfortable and walking through a puddle would do just that This is ironic because he is about to die and yet he doesnt want his feet to be wet and uncomfortable Orwell makes a point of showing his discomfort of the entire situation through the use of ironic sarcasm and frustration The prison superintendent is unusually irritated with this event and wants the man dead For Gods sake hurry up Francis he said irritably The man ought to have been dead by this time Arent you ready yet This shows how the superintendent is being shallow A man is about to be hanged and he just wanted it to be over with Well quick march then The
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