Ah irony . . . when mastered it delights any reader with it’s sarcastic twist. It adds a certain depth and realism to characters that is hard to achieve any other way.
Then why, I beg, is it so friggin hard to write?!?
A simple definition of irony is acting contrary to the truth. Most of the time it is used to emphasize the truth by pointing out the opposite. Like when someone says that they are pleased to meet you when they would rather be taking a hammer to their toes.
There are three types of irony –
- Verbal Irony – saying one thing and meaning another.
- “This is clear as mud.”
- Dramatic Irony – when an action or phrase holds significance that the audience understands, but the speaker does not.
- Using the phrase, “When pigs fly” and then having a pig fly by.
- Situational Irony – The result of an action is contrary to what was expected.
- Trying to break something with a hammer only for the hammer to shatter.
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