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Irony is the use of words to express something different from and opposite to their literal meaning It is used with tone and style to create humorous situations There are various forms of irony Margaret Atwood uses situational irony dramatic irony and verbal irony in Rape Fantasies Situational irony refers to circumstances in which bad things happen to good people or in which rewards are not earned because forces beyond human comprehension seem to be in total control Margaret Atwood uses situational irony in Estelles first rape fantasy Rapists are violent criminals that violate women physically mentally and emotionally Estelles would-be rapist is patient and understanding Youre intending to rape me right and he nods so I open my purse to get the plastic lemon and I cant find it so I ask him to hold out his hands like this and I pile all this junk into them and down at the bottom theres the plastic lemon and I cant get the top off So I hand it to him and hes very obliging he twists the top off and hands it back to me and I squirt him in the eye 277 In dramatic irony characters have only a nonexistent partial incorrect or misguided understanding of what is happening to them All of Estelles rape fantasies start out as serious situations but quickly turn absurd In Estelles fantasy the rapist has a cold and should be home in bed The rapist allows Estelle to take care of him and forgets why he climbed in her window god knows why he even bothered to get out of bed youd think if you were going to go around climbing in windows youd wait until you were healthier right I mean that takes a certain amount of energy So I ask him why doesnt he let me fix him a NeoCitran and scotch thats what I always take you still have the
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