An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Verbal Irony Analysis

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Irony is a type of literary device used to help entertain the readers to make the story more interesting and entertain them while also emphasizing key points. Dramatic Irony is when a reader or audience is aware of something that a character does not know. Situational Irony is a type of irony that occurs when something happens that contradicts the reader’s expectations. The last type of irony used is verbal irony that occurs when a character says something that deliberately contradicts what the person actually means. The stories that display the most of dramatic, situational, and verbal irony are: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, and “Story of an Hour.” In the story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek…show more content…
This situational irony would show Mark Twain’s humor and use of surprise endings. Likewise, the last story has a surprise endings as well. The last story that shows irony, “The Story of an Hour” is a story of a woman known as Mrs. Louise Mallard who has heart trouble. Louise Mallard is told of the misfortunate event that has happened to her husband; a railroad disaster. Upon hearing the news, the woman wept deciding it be best to retreat to her room alone. The readers believe that Louise is upset over her husband’s death but irony is seen, “When she abandoned herself, a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath; ‘free, free, free!’ The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed
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