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Irony and Ambiguity Power Point
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Irony: Not What We Expect
- Irony is the word that describes the difference between what we expect or what seems suitable and what actually happens. For example: Imagine that we elected a mayor that ran for office on a platform of honesty and is caught with missing funds from the campaign.
Two Faced: Verbal Irony
- Verbal irony is the simplest form of irony that we use.
- Verbal irony takes place when someone says one thing but means the opposite
Situational Irony. . .
- Situational Irony describes an event that is not just surprising, but actually contrary or opposite than what we expected.
- Dramatic Irony often occurs in plays, this is how it gets its name.
Ambiguity: Conflicting Interpretations
- While irony is the reverse of what we expected, ambiguity offers us several conflicting consequences or meanings and leaves us to sort them out.
- Irony and ambiguity can apply to every aspect of storytelling. In the story that follows there are examples of irony and ambiguity, see if you can spot them. Look at the example . . .
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This Power Point presentation is a great way to introduce these concepts of irony and ambiguity to English Learners and Fluent English Speakers alike. The students have fun with the pictures and it's interactive.