Situational Irony In Gantos Ethos

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Situational irony is shown in multiple areas of this book. First, when Jack’s dad is pointing out criminals: “Dad’s keen eye for spotting criminals of all stripes was impressive. But it wasn’t perfect. ‘He never had me pegged for being one of them” (7). The situational irony is in the fact that Gantos was, in fact, a criminal, yet his dad failed to see that reality when he was pegging criminals on the streets. Furthermore, situational irony is shown when Jack reflects on his experience: “Ironically, in spite of all the fear and remorse and self-loathing, being locked up in prison is where I fully realized I had to change my life for the better, and in one significant way I did” (7). Rather than pouting and feeling sorry for himself while in
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