Examples Of Irony In The Labyrinth

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The irony the author A.C.H Smith values as a literary device in Labyrinth is using it to create suspense. To start, there are examples of verbal irony. Verbal irony is a figure of speech in which the speaker says the exact opposite of what she or he means. Here are some examples of verbal irony. To begin with, Hoggle says to Jareth “I am taking her to the beginning of the Labyrinth.” When really he wasn’t. Another example of verbal irony is when Sarah says “The maze is a piece of cake.” But really the labyrinth was really hard for her. Lastly, when Hoggle says “I’m not interested in friends,” he actually did want friends. This is creating suspense because we are curious on what will happen next and we want to see what will eventually happen. Another way the author A.C.H Smith uses irony to establish surprise is from dramatic irony. Dramatic irony…show more content…
Last of all, we know what happened to Luto in the forest but Sarah doesn’t. This shows suspense because we are getting anxious and are yelling at the screen, telling the character what is happening. The last way the author is creating suspense is using situational irony. Situational irony is using improbable, unexpected, and unfair things that happen in the story. To begin, we didn’t expect the fairies to be mean in the labyrinth, and we didn’t know what would happen next. In addition, we didn’t realize that the items in Sarah’s room were all in the Labyrinth like Hoggle, Jareth, Luto, the Labyrinth itself ,and other things. Lastly, we also didn’t expect all the walls in Sarah’s room to collapse all of a sudden when she yelled. All these examples create suspense because we are suspicious on what will happen later on or what will happen next and we are in an excited mood because it is so surprising. To conclude, the author A.C.H Smith is using irony to create suspense in the story
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