Irony is a funny thing. It's when something completely unexpected happens.

A common example is this :A Councilwoman is going to a meeting to discuss how to prevent traffic jams,the woman is late. Guess why? She was stuck in traffic! Ironic is a word to describe when what you expect to happen and what actually happens differ. Many authors have written about Irony,O. Henry,Shirley Jackson,Guy de Maupassant to name a few. Personally i love ironic tales,instead of reading something you already expect ,quite the opposit happens! It's surpising and fun. One classic example of Irony is a speaker saying, �What lovely weather we are having!� as she looks out at a rainstorm intending to express her dissatisfaction with the weather.There has been some debate about the relationship between verbal irony and sarcasm. Physchology researchers describe it like this:Ridicule is an important aspect of sarcasm, but not verbal irony in general. There are many different kinds of irony. What follows is a description and example of each form. Tragic irony occurs when a character on stage or in a story is ignorant, but the audience watching knows his or her eventual fate, as in Shakespeare�s play Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo finds Juliet in a drugged death-like sleep, he assumes her to be dead and kills himself. Upon awakening to find her dead husband beside her, Juliet kills herself with his knife. Socratic irony takes place when someone (usually A teacher) pretends to be foolish or ignorant, in order to expose the ignorance of another and/or to actually teach them. it's basically feigning ignorance in order to expose the weakness of another�s position. (Thank you to Sarcasm Society for this example) A way this describe it is this: The professor,never answers questions, nor does he out-rightly explain the concepts required to understand the lessons, but rather poses questions to his students that revolves around the course material,the the students are expected to have arrived in class after having studied the required reading to be able to provide the information to others in their class. The feigned "ignorance" on the part of the professor becomes a means to an end. In Roman times, irony was used in public speaking , in which the words used were opposite their meaning or intent. Shakespeare imitated Roman irony in his play Julius Caesar in Mark Antony�s speech. Situational irony Situational irony occurs when the results of a situation are far different from what was expected. This results in a feeling of surprise and unfairness due to the odd situation. For instance: A shipboard scene of reconciliation and hope for an estranged couple ends with the camera pulling back to reveal a life preserver stenciled �RMS Titanic.� or A situation immortalized in O. Henry's story The Gift of the Magi, in which a young couple is too poor to buy each other Christmas gifts. The man finally pawns his heirloom pocket watch to buy his wife a set of combs for her long, prized, beautiful hair. She, meantime, cuts her hair to sell to a wigmaker for money to buy her husband a watch-chain. The irony is twofold: the couple, having parted with their tangible valuables, is caused by the act to discover the richness of the intangible.

A man goes over a giant waterfall e.g. Niagara Falls in a barrel and survives, only to take a cleanup shower where he slips on the soap and dies from trauma and drowning. Cosmic irony is a sharp difference between our expectation of an outcome and what actually occurs. The expression �irony of fate� stems from the notion that the gods (or the Fates) are amusing themselves by toying with the minds of mortals, with deliberate ironic intent.Minor examples are daily life situations such as the rain that sets in immediately after one finishes watering one�s garden, following many days of putting off watering in anticipation of rain. Sharper examples can include situations in which the consequences are more dramatic. Here are two VERY dramtic instances of cosmic irony: The artist Monet's loss of vision, but not hearing. Ludwig van Beethoven�s loss of hearing, but not vision. In conclusion,the connection between irony and humor is somewhat revealed, when the surprise at what should have expected, startles us into laughter. However, not all irony is humorous: �grim irony� and �stark irony� are familiar. People have been using Irony to entertain since socrates,the word irony in fact comes from the greek word "eiron". I hope this definition essay as informed you of Irony reaches us all through it's satirical humor and entertaining abruptness.

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