Authors often manipulate the emotions of their readers through their writing. Situational irony is a device frequently used that creates the feeling of surprise by providing the story with an unexpected twist that catches the reader off guard. Along with surprise, situational irony can also create other emotions. For example, O. Henry uses situational irony in his short story “Ransom of Red Chief” to create the feeling of humor. Likewise, Guy de Maupassant uses situational irony in his short story “The Necklace” to create a feeling of sympathy.
In this, when our greed exceed our needs, we lose sight of what is important, leading to our detriment. Three examples of greed and its effects are shown in the stories of “The Necklace”, “Civil Peace”, and “The Golden Touch”. The short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant tells the story of a woman, named Mathilde, who borrows a very expensive necklace, ends up losing it, and spends 10 years of her life repaying the debt it took to buy a new one, only to find out the original was fake and not expensive at all. This alone states the extent at which we will go to replace materialistic items. The lady had been part of the middle class, living comfortably, and even had a maid and a cook.
(41)” This is situational irony because Johnny is kidnapped and he does not want to leave even though when you are kidnapped you are supposed to be scared and are longing to go home. O. Henry uses situational irony to make the reader again feel the emotion humor when the kidnappers were attempting to collect a ransom from Red Chief's father but the understood what a pain Johnny is and that he could use that against the kidnappers. Eventually Johnny’s father sent a letter back to the kidnappers proposing his trade. ‘“you bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred and fifty dollars in cash, and I agree to take him off your hands. (52)”’ This statement is an example of situational irony because when a parent's child is kidnapped it is an instinctive reaction to do whatever you can to get your child back.
Surprise can be used in many ways to conjure numerous emotions from the audience. Authors normally use a device called situational irony to provoke surprise, but surprise can come in different ways. Guy de Maupassant in “The Necklace” uses situational irony to elicit a feeling of sympathy from the reader. In “The Ransom of Redchief” by O. Henry, O. Henry uses situational irony to create a humorous surprise for the reader. After reading these two stories, it is obvious that authors use situational irony to get the readers feeling a specific way.
Thurber uses imagery in a very central manner throughout the story, he uses it to almost tell an alternate story in which is Walters daydreams. To sum it all up, he also effectively uses imagery to describe the characters, settings, characterization, and character outfits. Thurber also illustrates the effect of dramatic irony; he uses irony to portray the contrast of Walters daydreams to his actual life, such as Walter being the hero in his dreams but in reality, he is laughed upon by his
She was the perfect wife, ruling the income of the house such that they seemed to live in luxury, despite Monsieur Lantin’s mere salary of three thousand five hundred francs. However, all the time spent in the theatre resulted in an act of persona. Her death revealed her true nature, one which she was hiding from her husband whom she seemed to love so dearly. Monsieur Lantin discovers that the “false” jewels his wife had been collecting were in fact genuine, leaving the presumption that she had been unfaithful to her husband after all these years. She seemed to make a joke of her husband’s impressionability, “Look!
In this, when our greed exceeds our needs, we lose sight of what is important, leading to our detriment. Three examples of greed and its effects are shown in the stories of “The Necklace”, “Civil Peace”, and “The Golden Touch”. The short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant tells the story of a woman, named Mathilde, who borrows a very expensive necklace, ends up losing it, and spends 10 years of her life repaying the debt it took to buy a new one, only to find out the original was fake and not expensive at all. This alone states the extent at which we will go to replace materialistic items. The lady had been part of the middle class, living comfortably,
It is fascinating how both writers, Milton and Shelley, created heroes with parallel position to their anti-heroes. The reader can be besides any of them according to his interaction and feelings towards the story. The same remark the critics, mainly the romantics, made about Milton’s principal character or hero in his poem: was it the source of evil or the divinity? Mary recreated the same debate but this time with intention to make the reader sympathize with evil. The reader is in reality not sure who makes harm to the other: the scientist or the monster.
What this short story is to express can be understood from different angles, like the disappointment at this society where money talks, a pessimistic attitude towards marriage or money’s incapability of giving people happiness. But what is undoubted, is that all these were expressed via the use of irony. Such a skill, which is really thought-provoking and still meaningful nowadays, should be applied by us to interpret more work of Maupassant, even other authors’
In the end, the family gets the boy back and asks the men for ransom money to take the boy off their hands. Situational irony is seen when the kidnappers end up paying the family for taking the little boy. The author states on page 1, "Just at the moment when I should have been abstracting the fifteen hundred dollars from the box under the tree, according to the original proposition, Bill was counting out two hundred