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What are some situational ironies in To Kill a Mockingbird chapter 2?  

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koalalover | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM via web

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What are some situational ironies in To Kill a Mockingbird chapter 2?

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 18, 2012 at 1:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Situational irony is when the opposite of what is expected happens.  The first example of situational irony is when Scout gets in trouble in school for already knowing how to read.

Miss Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me any more, it would interfere with my reading. (ch 2)

This is ironic because usually a teacher would be thrilled that one of her students was so far ahead, or that a parent was so involved.  Miss Caroline is not!

Another ironic situation is the conflict between Scout and Miss Caroline over Walter.  When Scout tells Miss Caroline why Walter does not have lunch, she is trying to be helpful.  The class expects Miss Caroline to be grateful.

Miss Caroline and I had conferred twice already, and they were looking at me in the innocent assurance that familiarity breeds understanding. (ch 2)

Miss Caroline is not impressed.  She thinks Scout is being snotty and asks her to hold out her hand (which, ironically, Scout thinks means they have reached an agreement) and hits her with a ruler.  This whole situation is ironic because Miss Caroline punishes Scout when she is just trying to help.

 

 

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