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What are a few ironic points made in the story?

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kcappy | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 16, 2007 at 6:59 AM via web

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What are a few ironic points made in the story?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 16, 2007 at 10:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Irony exists on several levels. On the linguistic level, the fact that "the man" of the title calls Jensen "boy," reversing a standard linguistic practice of whites towards Blacks, is ironic.
On the level of physical action, the man puts his hands around Jensen's neck, in a gesture that Jensen finds threatening, but he does so just to measure Jensen for shirt size for a gift. To threaten while giving is ironic.
On the level of plot, the fact that Jensen warns Lena about the man, only to have them get married, is ironic.

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