Examples Of Irony In Fahrenheit 451

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The novel Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury is an outstanding book that demonstrates a lot of irony. Irony is the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect, according to Oxford Dictionaries. There are three types of irony. which are verbal, situational, and dramatic irony. In most cases, verbal irony is referred more to when words express something contrary to what someone says. Situational irony is irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected. dramatic irony is used a lot within books, plays, and movies. It is when the audience is aware of something that the characters in the story are not aware of. Within this paper, I will demonstrate on how Ray Bradbury utilizes irony within the novel Fahrenheit 451. First example of situational irony would most likely be with the firefighters in this novel. Like I had mentioned before, situational irony is involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended. In…show more content…
In Fahrenheit 451, Captain Beatty tells Montag “A problem gets too burdensome, then into the furnace with it.” (Bradbury 53). Once Beatty told Montag about how he would have to not just burn his on house down, but to also be arrested, Montag knew that was now a “problem” he’d have to solve and get rid of. Montag was a firefighter that end up killing his friend and captain. He did that to save something he used to enjoy destroying. Although the main reason Montag did kill Beatty was because he didn’t want Faber to end up getting hurt nor killed. This ironically fixed Montag’s “problem”. For in the end of that part, Montag said “…. You always said, don’t face a problem, burn it. Well, now I’ve done both. Good-bye, Captain.” (Bradbury
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