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Irony is the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning Ransom of the Red Chief has less powerful irony than The Gift of the Magi because in the story the Gifts of the Magi it is ironic because they sacrifice their most prized possession to buy their loved one a Christmas gift They soon realize that their gifts are useless Della sells her hair to buy a chain for Jims watch and Jim sells his watch to buy a comb for Dellas hair And it has two out of three of the irony While Ransom of the Red Chief wanted 2000 dollars for the return of Ebenezers son Red Chief and just to get rid of the boy they paid his father 250 dollars Situational irony is the kind of irony in the story The Gift of the Magi The most significant and main use of irony which is focused on in this story is the situational irony that occurs at the end of the tale Situational irony is when we expect a certain thing to happen only to be surprised when something different takes place We can see the situational irony in operation therefore when we realized that both Jim and Della have sold what was most precious to them their hair and watch to buy a present for the other to use with what was most precious to them Dramatic irony occurs when you as the audience know something that the characters do not There is also dramatic irony because you know that he bought her a comb and she bought him a thing for his watch But they dont know that so that would be an example of dramatic ironyVerbal irony is an irony that shows something different or opposite things from what is very meant to be In the Ransom of Red Chief verbal irony appeared when Sam and Bill compared themselves as
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