What are the advantages of knowing the use of irony in literary texts?

What are the advantages of knowing the use of irony in literary texts?

What are the advantages of knowing the use of irony in literary texts?

What are the advantages of knowing the use of irony in literary texts?

Quite simply, if the reader does not understand the irony of an author in a text, he/she will miss the entire point [the theme] of the author.  There are three main types of irony:Verbal irony -this irony occurs when someone says one thing but really means something else.  Stephen Crane’s poem “War is Kind” would seem rather inane if the reader could not understand Crane’s real statement that war is not about courage, but rather about a pointless sacrifice of youth.Situational irony – this irony takes place when there is a discrepancy between what is expected to happen, or what would be appropriate to happen, and what really does happen.  A famous use of situational irony is in Stephen Crane’s “A Mystery of Heroism” in which a soldier risks his life to fetch water which is then spilled.Dramatic irony  – this irony is often used on stage where a character in the play or story thinks one thing is true, but the audience or reader knows better.  A classic example exists in Oedipus Rex, of course, as the king searches for the cause of the ills of Thebes when he himself is the very cause.The use of irony creates a much more significant effect in a work of literature; a point is made cleverly that strikes the reader profoundly and lastingly.  Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” would be a very dull story, indeed, without the element of irony.
What are the advantages of knowing the use of irony in literary texts?
What are the advantages of knowing the use of irony in literary texts?
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What are the advantages of knowing the use of irony in literary texts?
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