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Lit Hans Essay 2- - Arenson 1 Irony is an incredibly powerful literary technique that is not easily understood It has so many sub parts and

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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. Andersen’s use of irony in his literature is significant because it added new elements to his stories
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2012 for the course LITTRANS 275 taught by Professor Allen during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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Lit Hans Essay 2- - Arenson 1 Irony is an incredibly powerful literary technique that is not easily understood It has so many sub parts and

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