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The Story of a Rose and a Cask An Exploration of the Use of Irony in Literature A young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food whether stewed roasted baked or boiled and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout Swift Jonathan Swifts essay A Modest Proposal is a terrific example of the use of irony and satire to push an issue further by using irony than it can be when looked at from a more serious point of view In A Modest Proposal he proposes to pay beggar mothers for their children when the children are a year old in order to provide food for the growing population and in order to control this rampant plague of population growth Many authors have been using irony as a staple in their writing simply because irony is a more effective tool than seriousness The tension between appearance and reality between expectation and outcome this is the heart of the ironic paper Irony is divided into three branches each defining a different element Dramatic situational and verbal ironies are each used to define distinct situations Irony can add entertainment humor and drama to a story that would otherwise be bland Irony can change the attitude of a story entirely and can often highlight an idea more dramatically than serious literature can Dramatic irony the discrepancy between character beliefs and reader knowledge is often found mixed with elements of horror as it adds suspense to a work In Edgar Allan Poes The Cask of Amontillado as Fortunato states The cough is a mere nothing it will not kill me I shall not die of a cough we know that he in fact will die from the dampness in the tombs It is ironic that Fortunato was the one who suggested they go into the catacombs to his death
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