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Lit Hans- Essay 2- writing response 1

Lit Hans- Essay 2- writing response 1 - Arenson 1 Irony is...

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Arenson 1 Irony is an incredibly powerful literary technique that is not easily understood . It has so many sub parts and meanings that it s too broad to simply define the word itself . However , irony can be broken down into different types within these sub sections , so that one is able to understand the overall meaning of the broad word . Later in Andersen s life , these different types of irony became a large literary mode he used in his writings . These different sub sections of irony included variations of irony from the syntax in which he used to whom he directed the reader s sympathy . One type of irony is rhetorical irony which is the relation between one meaning of a word by it s actual definition and another meaning of the same word by the context in which Andersen used it ( Allen ). Dramatic irony is when the reader knows and or understands something that the characters in the story do not realize or are not aware of ( Allen ). This type of irony is seen in the story “She Was No Good . In this story , the mayor is seen by the characters of society as a good man mainly because he is the mayor , which is suppose to be a job of good natured men , but the readers see him for what he truly is; a self-satisfied , judgmental , and hypocritical man . He criticizes the washerwoman for drinking , although he drinks as well . While she is drinking to stay warm and feed her hunger , he drinks for parties and entertainment . He says that she is no good when the readers see that he is the one who is no good ( Haugaard 452-458 ). Throughout the entire story , the readers see the mayor exposing these flawed traits and continually learn that he is not what the characters in the story think him to be . Some different modes of irony include types of irony such as satirical irony , the defeat of an unsympathetic victim , comical irony , triumph of a sympathetic victim , tragic irony , readers have sympathy for the victim , and nihilistic irony , in which the reader is able to identify with the victim to a certain degree but yet is detached as well ( Allen ). Another type of irony that Andersen used in his writing was an ironic attitude , or mock sympathy for characters ( Allen ). In this type of irony , Andersen , in a sense , mocks people s beliefs , actions and status , which will be discussed later . These types of irony all contribute to the broad word of irony . Hans Christian Andersen applied all of these sub sections of irony to his different stories to create multi layered tales full of entertainment , emotional connections and social critical commentary to not only challenge and amuse the readers , but also to relate and cope with his own feelings and events of his own life through literature .
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