Situational irony can be either funny or tragic. Dramatic irony is usually an over the top, tragic form of irony. Both Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” are great examples of an ironic situation. Every expresses the common theme in their own way. Although both of these literally pieces provide us with the theme of irony, Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" gives the reader a sense of suspense with the irony that proves to be more effective.
Throughout the piece Huppke uses humour to allow the passage to flow and be well understood. For example, he states, “Shut up, World Health Organization. Shut your stupid, baconless mouth.” This humour is specifically a repartee which allows the reader to stay engaged. The reader stays interested in the piece because it uses words, to create insults making the reader laugh. However, this also allows Huppke’s message to come out.
This is also called an irony of events. The outcome can be serious or humorous. The function of situational irony is to lay emphasis on important scenes and make strange and unusual images vivid. It creates an unexpected turn at the end of a story and makes audience laugh or cry. Therefore, situational irony could be tragic or funny.
Out of all the genre of writing, Satire is the one that speaks the most to people because it is humorous. Satire is making fun of some aspect of culture, society or human nature, human voice through the use of ridicule, mockery, irony, humor, or other methods to hopefully improve it or inspire some sort change. Satire often uses laughter as a weapon against something that exists outside the world itself. One of the most leading satire website that we have today is The Onion. One of the leading articles that the Onion had published is the best example of satire.
David Foster Wallace once said: “The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates.” Situational irony catches the reader by surprise with different types of emotions. Also, it creates an unexpected twist. It shocks its audience but still leaves them wondering. For instance, O. Henry, the author of “The Ransom of Red Chief,” provides humor in order to create irony to mess with the reader’s emotions. While Guy de Maupassant creates an emotional roller coaster in “The Necklace” by using whimsical actions and sympathy.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing”. A prophetic quote from Albert Einstein that truly reflects the vices of our nature. Our foolish tendencies to be distracted with trivialities whilst our society is being crippled from the behind is evident through the conventions of satire. This is because satire exposes the flaw within this mindset, we as complacent members of society are willing to accept. This flawed mindset can be especially conveyed through Clay Butler’s cartoon “Criminal Wisdom”.
“Satire is militant irony” (Frye, 1957), its purpose is to critique and ridicule to enact change. The persistent use of irony and absurdist humour in Strangelove is characteristic of a satirical film, so in this regard, Strangelove is a conventional piece of satire. The main source of comedy in Strangelove is the use of satirical irony. The line “gentlemen. you can't fight in here.
The author states that salvage logging is beneficial both to damaged forest and to the economy and provides three reasons. In contrast, the professor states that this can result with environmental damage and it 's economical benefit is also questionable and she opposes each of the author 's reasons. First, the article claims that salvage logging removes the remains of dead trees and make room for fresh growth immediately. However, the professor refutes this point by saying that cleaning up does not necessarly create good growth condition for trees. She explained that after the decomposition of dead trees, trees will add nutrient to the soil that beneficial for new growing trees and by rapid removing, it would cause lacking the soil from the nutrient for the new trees.
Ultimately, satire is complex, ambiguous, and esoteric. The pleasure of laughter is deceptive, executing the tangible goal for entertained audiences; which leads satire to open discussions, but require thorough interpretation. Overall, satire works best by those who have the courage to not just go for the
Child abuse is a topic not to be taken too lightly for it is considered one of the most inhumane things to do. However, people are using it as a metaphor to describe something they may also see as inhumane, something that Hacking brings up in his book. He shares that a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Trees was founded because a man compared child abuse to tree abuse (Hacking, 1999, pg. 152), something that pales in comparison to the actual ramifications of abuse. As Hacking quite rightfully exclaims, the man’s comparison was a “bad joke” but child abuse is absolutely not one.