In “The Interlopers”, irony is a key element the author Saki uses to convey the theme that when people hold grudges, the outcome of the feud is often tragic. The story tells of two rivaling families who lived in the Carpathian mountains, the Gradwitz and Znaeym families. The families quarrel began over the strip of land in between their properties. Both men claimed the land belonged to him and wanted all of it for himself. In the end there was lawsuit stating the land rightfully belonged to the Gradwitzes.
“The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin and “The Interlopers” written by Saki are two incredibly different short stories with similar endings. Both stories end with the main characters meeting their untimely deaths. “The Story of an Hour” tells of a young woman, who is afflicted from heart trouble, and “The Interloper” tells of two men, who are out for revenge. Even though these stories have different characters and settings, they both use foreshadowing, irony, and end with the character’s death.
Irony is defined as the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. In the short story, “The Story of an Hour,” there are several examples of irony. In fact, the title itself is ironic in that so many unexpected accounts happen in the life of Louise Mallard in the small amount of sixty minutes. Irony usually contains an incongruity. Therefore, the most conspicuous example of situational irony is in when Bently Mallard was believed to be dead and Louise Mallard had come alive with life.
One example of Irony is how Peter talks about how unfair it is to pass the final exam because some people might have more fears than others, but then throughout the whole book Peter uses unfair tricks, such as when he stabs Edward in the eye, to try to gain his way to the top of the list. This is an example of situational irony. This is situational irony because the reader would expect that Peter would do everything fairly but then he turns around and does stuff like kidnapping Tris and Stabbing people's eyes out.
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.
Irony: A literary device that uses contradictory statements or situations to reveal a reality different from what appears to be true. A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result. Example: “The children would leave his classroom / for the playground to torment the weak / and the smart” (Collins 14-16).
Suspense in live to tell and the interlopers The two stories “live to tell” chapter two and “the interlopers” both stories have suspense so the end of the story is ironic. And the both have real interesting endings of the sort’s stories. “Live to tell” was mad by Lisa Gander and “the interlopers was written by Saki.
Saki, the author of The Interlopers, is most effective in creating and developing characters. Each character is round and dynamic, changing greatly as the story progresses. They are described perfectly and the reader have a great insight as to who they are as a person and what they want in their lives. Each character has his own individual set of motivations but both men are motivated to do the same thing but with similar reasons. It was also a longer story than the others meaning that there was more space for the author to develop the characters instead of focusing on the plot.
Irony In The Matrix "Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony" - Morpheus, the Matrix. This quote is an example of one of the most important topics in The Matrix which was made in 1999 by Andy and Lana Wachowski. The Wachowski’s use irony effectively in the text to attempt to provoke some of our deepest thoughts that we have encountered throughout life. They use theories from some of the most established philosophers who try to link the real world with ‘hyper real’ worlds.
Irony is a literary device used to indicate that a character’s choice of actions or words bring a certain implication to the reader or audience but quite unknown to the characters themselves (Wellek & Warren, 1956). In the story, the aspect of irony had been expressed at the start of the story the narrator says, (...long before I learned to be ashamed of my mother…) This is an aspect of irony because when we analyze the story, we get to understand that both the mother and the daughter lived a similar life before she went to school and became educated (Edward, 1950). Also when she was a small child, she depended on her illiterate mother for everything without being shameful. It is also ironic because the same mother she feels ashamed of is the one who helped her go to a school that in the end helped her shift her class in the society.