Henry in “The Ransom of Red Chief” Uses situational irony to produce humor for the reader through the plot. Situational irony is present when the men kidnapped Johnny and he was happy about it. The two men are talking to Johnny, “‘Red Chief,” says to the kid, “would you like to go home?” “Aw what for?” says he. “I don’t have any fun at home . .
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.
At the beginning of the story, Kino is a kind-hearted man who cares for his family. At the climax of the story, Kino is very greedy, selfish, violent, scared, and he doesn 't seem to care that much about his family. At the end of the story, he realizes his sins and wants to become a good man again. At first Kino hears “…a song now, clear and soft, and if he had been able to speak of it, he would have called it the Song of the Family.” (Steinbeck, 6). Then, he thinks of all the things he can buy with the pearl: “…and the music of the pearl rose like a chorus of trumpets in his ears.” (Steinbeck, 28).
Jeffrey is an innocent youth who is carried away by impulse and curiosity. In contrast, Frank is a sociopath criminal who chooses to kidnap Dorothy’s son and husband. Through building relationship with other main characters, Jeffrey is clearly struggling with contrasts of opposing forces within himself yet it leads to the good winning out in him ultimately. The relationship between Jeffrey and main characters and its contrasts take a significant role in the movie. Blue Velvet proposes a number of themes in the film and it is illustrated through the relationship between characters; love between two female characters and good and evil between male
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
In “The Grapes of Wrath” all of the migrant workers looked for amusement wherever it was found. Whether it was telling jokes of telling entertaining stories. They tell stories of heroism by dealing with the indians and saving the land, or relate the tale of a rich man who pretended to be poor and fell in love with a rich woman who, oddly enough, was also pretending to be poor. The workers find entertainment in playing instrumental music as in the harmonica or the guitar or fiddle, or in getting
Stories with a little bit of edge but a major symbolic meaning are the type of stories in which people are entertained. In the story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he uses imagery, allegories, and symbols to not only entertain his audience but to teach them a life lesson. This story is one where you have to dig a little deeper to really reveal the true meaning that Hawthorne is trying to portray. I believe the symbolic meaning of this story is that we all have evil in our hearts and are all victims of it. In the beginning of this story Young Goodman Brown informs his wife he is going on a late night journey.
The family's treacherous journey to Jefferson is filled with danger and excitement, yet Faulkner gives many doses of humor throughout the novel. The characters employ themselves in outrageous acts of irony, from Addie's rejection of her most devoted son, to Anse's concern with his false teeth instead of Addie's death, to Vardaman's calling his mother a fish. This irony would not have been evident if it were not for Faulkner's use of multiple narrators. Faulkner was enchanted by Freudian theories of psychology when he wrote this novel, and recounting the story through various perspectives allows the reader to understand each character's reaction. This enhanced the dark humor throughout the novel because the reader can see into each family member's thoughts on her death.
Bierce perfectly mirrors this in his work. Bierce’s execution of shock in his stories shake his readers awake and expose them to the horrors of war. To a lesser extent, the shock value these short stories have make them more popular and more interesting to
Although Dill's tall tales and imagination get him into trouble with Scout and Jem--after all, no one likes a liar--he also puts this talent to good use. Scout and Jem look to Dill for inspiration for their various adventures and plays that help them pass the hours during the long summer days. One of Dill's greatest sources of inspiration is the Radley house. Dill's fascination with Boo Radley leads the trio into all sorts of trouble. Luckily, Dill is quick on his feet and is able to save himself and his friends from punishment.