Irony In Joe Keller's Death

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The irony in Joe Keller’s death is vivid in the way how Joe creates a catastrophic disaster with lie after lie that surrounds and drowns his family. Despite Joe claiming that he committed this crime for the wellbeing of his family and to provide them financial security, he loses his morals. All to which backfires not only on him but his entire circle of loved ones. Miller’s work is known of containing a theme strongly influenced by guilt and responsibility, so it is evident that he intends for his audience to realize the importance of the “present-ness of the past and the consequences [choices contain] of choice,” (Otten 159). As denial censors one from the cold hard truth of reality, it also forbids one to obtain closure. De Maupassant demonstrates…show more content…
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