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The Irony of the Bodega In Greek comedy the eiron was the sly underdog who by dissembling inferiority outwitted his opponent As Aristole puts it irony is a sharp incongruity between our expectations of things and what actually occurs as if the universe were mocking us An amazinling talented song writer Kurt Cobain lead singer of Nirvana committed suicide on March 5 1994 Kurt Cobain was enriched with money fame and a loving family The irony of Cobains death is why would such a successful person be so unhappy In the poem Tony went to the Bodega but didnt buy anything Martin Espada illustrates being successful comes from happiness and self-actualization In Tony went to the Bodega Espada shows readers to find happiness you must experience life For example Tonys father left the family leaving a nine year old purtorriqueno boy who had to find work Years later Tony left the projects too but with a scholarship for law school This shows that there was an ultimate goal Tony had set for himself Working at the Bodega was not what Tony had wanted to do for the rest of his life so he set a goal to educate himself to be successful Although when Tony went into the cold spring at university in Boston he became home sick In addition Tony walked without a map through the city This also shows that he went without any guidance and he was trying to find something but wasnt concerned with the results Espada closes the poem saying today Tony lives on Tremont Street above the Bodega This illustration shows readers that Tony could not find happiness in the life style of the rich and the famous and was content and happy to be back in his culture From beginning to the end Tony ventured from the Bodega to find what he was meant for in life and through that experience Espada shows readers that happiness is beyond
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