Irony/Paradox/Oxymoron

By Griffin Barton

Definition

Irony- the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning

Paradox- A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

Oxymoron- a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous.

Oxymoron

Paradox

Real World Example

“Go ask his name: if he be married.
My grave is like to be my wedding bed.”

This quote is from Shakespeare and the irony is Juliet commands her nurse to find out who Romeo was and says if he were married, then her wedding bed would be her grave. It is a verbal irony because the audience knows that she is going to die on her wedding bed.