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List and expain 3 examples of irony in Brownies.

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Posted October 17, 2009 at 12:07 PM via web

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List and expain 3 examples of irony in Brownies.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 17, 2009 at 10:13 PM (Answer #1)

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In my mind, the ironies in Brownies seem to revolve around the idea of race and social interaction.  It seems a bit ironic that while the girls feel "victimized" by the comments of the White girls in Troop 909, they, themselves, are victimized by one another, in particular, Arnetta, whose dominant voice silences most other discussion.  It is interesting to note that the black girls' opinion of White people as forces that need to be overcome might be something needed to check or limit Arnetta's extreme level of power.  Another irony would be that the girls have created this image in their own mind of Troop 909 that they are racist, deliberate in their words and actions, and highly malevolent.  The ironic aspect here is that the girls from Troop 909 are slow learners and that some of them suffer from disorders such as Echolalia.  For all the bluster about how bad the girls from Troop 909 were, there is a certain odd feeling about going after them once the truth is discovered.  It's ironic that another one of the leaders, Octavia, ends up saying that the girls should be left alone when she realizes what the truth is.  Finally, the story about the Mennonite family contains irony.  If racism is something that should be stopped at every and each possible turn, it is ironic that the story about the Mennonite family is one that reflects the true horror of racism and discrimination:  The legacy of its perpetrators is that it removes the humanity from the victims.  When Daphne exposes Laurel's father own lack of humanity in not thanking the Mennonites, the realization that there is a presence of "something mean" is ironic.  In the end, we see that the victims of racism and discrimination end up modeling the patterns of abusive behavior and that becomes ironic in how both aggressors and victims perceive one another.

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