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What is one example of irony in "The Open Window," and what type of irony is it?

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toteach180 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 28, 2011 at 3:49 AM via web

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What is one example of irony in "The Open Window," and what type of irony is it?

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted August 28, 2011 at 7:14 AM (Answer #1)

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One example of irony comes right at the end of the story.  Framton Nuttel has run out of the house, terrified by what he thinks are ghost people and a ghost dog.  The audience may expect that Vera would "come clean" and tell her aunt and other relatives that she had told Framton a story and scared him away.  However, contrary to the audience's belief, she tells yet another story about how Framton has a fear of dogs after being trapped in a grave with snarling dogs around him all night.

This is situational irony because the irony is only caused by the situation the characters are in.

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