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Posted November 8, 2011 at 7:30 AM via web

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What are some examples of irony in this short story?

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted November 8, 2011 at 9:13 AM (Answer #1)

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Dramatic irony is definitely shown through the narrator’s remonstrations to the audience that he is not mad—he is not insane. The audience knows, even though the narrator has yet to accept it, that he is indeed mad. There is irony in the stealth with which the narrator creeps around waiting for the eye to be open, when it is the stealth that keeps the old man asleep and unaware. There is situational irony on the night when he startles the old man, opens the lantern after an hour or more and sees the eye looking at him. This is ironic because it is the open eye that he has been waiting for, and yet the eye fills him with rage. We would expect manic joy at the least that the deed could now be done. And there is great irony in that “his acute sense of hearing” caused him to hear the beating of a heart which could no longer—and did no longer—beat.

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