Irony - says the opposite of what is really meant. Sarcasm...

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Irony According to Webster’s dictionary, irony can be defined as the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning. Two different types of irony are being viewed in two different texts. Verbal Irony is being used in “The Gift of the Magi” and cosmic irony is being viewed in “The Open Boat.” Verbal irony is defined as a statement in which the speaker
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Unformatted text preview: says the opposite of what is really meant. Sarcasm is probably the best example of verbal irony. Cosmic Irony is defined as the idea that fate or a god controls and toys with human hopes and expectations. In Open Boat and The Gift of the Magi the respected authors do an exceptional job of using irony as a central theme in their works....
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2010 for the course ENG 114 taught by Professor Tabor during the Spring '10 term at Moravian.

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