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The Labyrinth Literary Analysis

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“You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? The power of voodoo. Who do? You do. Do what? Remind me of the babe.” These were David Bowie's famous words and conversation between a goblin in the movie Labyrinth. Jim Henson uses three different types of irony, which is a commonly used literary device, in the Labyrinth to convey the feeling of surprise in the viewer. How is surprise created in a motion picture? The author uses the literary device of irony. The three main types of irony are verbal, dramatic, and situational irony. Verbal irony is when a character says something but does the opposite. Dramatic irony is when the viewer/reader knows something that the characters don’t. Situational irony is when there is a…show more content…
In one scene of the Labyrinth, Jareth ask Sarah how the labyrinth is going. Sarah is having a really hard time but she says “It’s a piece of cake.” Even though it isn’t which proves it is verbal irony. My next example is when they are in battle and Didymus gets surrounded by goblins but he then says “I think we’ve got them surrounded.” But he is actually the one that is surrounded so he said something but is in the opposite situation. This shows that this is verbal irony. My final scene is when Hogle just finishes defeating the 3D guard monster and he says “ I ain’t interested in being friends.” When in reality he likes having friends because these are the only friends he’s ever had. This means it is verbal irony. Overall, there are many examples of verbal irony in the movie Labyrinth and they help convey a feeling of surprise. As a result, surprize is created by the three main types of irony. Verbal irony is doing the opposite of what you say. Dramatic irony is when we know something a character doesn’t. And situational irony is a unexpected twist. These are what jim henson use in order to make a successful movie like the
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