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Irony is an important literary device in many stories and there are many examples of it in The Stone Boy by Gina Berriault Animal Farm by George Orwell and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare In all of these works irony plays an important role in the plot of the story In The Stone Boy the title of the story is a good example of irony The title indicates to the reader that Arnold has no feelings and is like a stone The irony here is that Arnold cares more about Eugie than anybody he just doesnt know how to express it Although Arnold did not start out as a stone boy by the end of the story the other characters actions forced Arnold to build a wall around himself so his feelings couldnt be hurt anymore George Orwell also used irony in the plot of Animal Farm In the beginning of the story Old Major talks about rebelling from Mr Jones administration Mr Jones way of running things was in a sense a form of capitalism The animals had an idea about a socialist form of government This existed for a short period of time when the animals had all the power When Napoleon took charge he gradually gained power and after a while the farm was soon under the rule of a capitalist This change in government ultimately led to the downfall of the farm This a good example of irony because capitalism was the thing the animals were trying to get away from and in the end it led to their downfall At another point in the story when Boxer is being taken to the hospital he is really being taken to a slaughter house The animals think that Boxers life is going to be saved when it was really being taken away from him In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet William
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