a quick mini lesson...


Irony is a literary device that exploits readers' expectations; irony occurs when what is expected turns out to be quite different from what actually happens. (Springboard 458).

Irony is often confused with sarcasm or funny situations... Be careful not to confuse the two!

Types of Irony...

Verbal Irony

Occurs when a speaker or narrator says one thing while meaning the opposite.

What is verbal irony? - Christopher Warner

Situational Irony

occurs when an event contradicts the expectations of the characters or the reader.

Situational irony: The opposite of what you think - Christopher Warner

Dramatic Irony

is a form of irony in which the reader or audience knows more about the circumstances or future events in a story than the characters within it.

In on a secret? That's dramatic irony - Christopher Warner

Dramatic Irony.... The audience knows the shark is coming... The characters do not!

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The audience can see the spider... the characters have yet to realize... (Lord of the Rings).

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Still don't get it?


Check out Examples of Irony from Disney movies!