Situational irony can be unanticipated. How the author describes the characters throughout the story with the emotions they feel and their ideas can heavily impact the situational irony. Situational irony can often have a huge twist in the story, whether or not it is about the main character or just the idea or setting of it. O. Henry from “The Ransom’s Red Chief,” uses situational irony to create an amusing effect on the reader. Guy de Maupassant from “The Necklace,” uses situational irony to create an enormous amount of sympathy for the characters of the story.
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.
In the story, “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry, his use of irony can be seen throughout the story to develop the use of a humorous tone. This story mostly contains situational irony, which is a contradiction between what happens and what is expected to happen, but also contains examples of verbal irony, when a word or phrase is used to suggest the opposite of its usual meaning. Both verbal and situational irony are used throughout the story to develop a humorous tne. Situational irony is used in many instances in the story to create humor One of the first instances of situational irony is when the “would be” kidnappers first carry little “Red Chief” off to their lair. The reader expects the kidnappers to have a number of different traits
Bill Nye once said, “Humor is everywhere in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.” Like Mr. Nye had stated irony most often is a humorous thing. To illustrate, in Ransom of Red chief by O. Henry, situational irony plays a role in surprising the reader to create humor. Although, Ransom of Red chief creates a big a element of humor using situational irony, “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant does not. In The Necklace situational irony is used to create a sense of sympathy for the characters. Even though the two stories create two different feelings for the readers situational irony is used to create a unexpected twist.
Kate Chopin, a famous author from the American Realism period, writes the reality of the financial pressures that surrounded the women of the 19th century. She writes the story of Mrs. Sommers, a poor mother of many children, and her struggles finding freedom in the judgemental society she lives in. Mrs. Sommers was wealthy, but recently entered a life of poverty due to harsh times. When faced with financial decisions of her family 's wants and needs, Mrs. Sommers hastily spends all the money she has on herself rather than her children who need new clothes. The setting of this story is a large city with department stores and many attractions which play into Mrs. Sommers’ temptations later on in the story.
Narcis Celic Bauer English I 15 December 2016 Compare/Contrast English I Essay Mathilde in “The Necklace” is simply unhappy because she doesn't have money but has a rich husband. Della in “Gift of the Magi” is unhappy because she doesn't have money to buy her husband a gift for Christmas so she makes a decision. Let's start with similarities with both of the main characters in “The Necklace” and “Gift of the Magi”. Della and Mathilde are both women who struggle against money. The two women have been blessed with physical beauty, In the first sentence of “The Necklace” the author states “She was one of those pretty and charming girls born, as though fate had blundered over her, into a family of artisans.” (Guy de Maupassant 1).
The use of Satire to ridicule characters in David Ives “Sure Thing” Satire is used in literature to display humor or ridicule in a person’s vices or lack of knowledge (Merriam-Webster). It is sometimes used to make a mockery out of the story character(s). Most often you see satire used in today’s politics to bring down or discredit a candidate. Author David Ives, who is famous for comical plays and skits, used satire in most of his plays to emphasize the vices of its characters. One of Ives’ plays that is well known for using satire profusely is Sure Thing.
As American business man, Richard M. Devos, once said, “Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none.” In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott, Fitzgerald, Daisy, an elite socialite, is blinded by dollar signs and makes multiple decisions based on class, ultimately leading to the destruction of those who she claims to love, and without a doubt love and idolize her. Jay Gatsby has been in love with Daisy for five years, and supposedly she is with him, but she’s too impatient to wait for Gatsby while he is at war and decides to marry an arrogant, racist, and rude former college football star, Tom Buchanan, for money. Daisy is a self-absorbed, vacuous socialite whose decisions lead to the destruction of Gatsby. Daisy proves to be easily swayed and shallow from the start, if only Gatsby could have foresaw it before it affected when he returned from war expecting to have Daisy.
The ironic situation is the source of her joy, the necklace, becomes her downfall when she loses it and has to work the next ten years of her life to replace it. She not only loses her middle income status but falls into poverty and spends the rest of her life suffering for her dreams. The theme of the short story, "The Necklace" is to be happy with what you have and not be greedy. In the short story, “The Necklace”, Guy de Maupassant illustrates what can happen when one is overcome with greed. Maupassant suggests that only bad fortune is in store for one who bases his or her worth on material possessions and becomes consumed with greed.
They do end up getting married. A year into their marriage she confesses that she did cheat on Gogol and this causes them to end the marriage. Just like how it was in the book, Gogol is very upset and losses all trust. Ruth, Maxine and Moushumi had a great impact on Gogol’s life, giving him not just happiness, but also giving him hardships in his life as well. Ruth showed him who to look for in terms of a girl.