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What is an example of irony in the novel Nothing but the Truth?

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jbrooks1234 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2012 at 5:26 AM via web

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What is an example of irony in the novel Nothing but the Truth?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 27, 2012 at 4:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Perhaps the greatest example of irony in Nothing but the Truth comes at the end of the novel with the outcome of Philip's wish to run track.

  Complicated by his goofing off in class, the original conflict between Philip and Miss Narwin begins over the dispute about Philip's failing English grade which excludes him from the track team.  Even the track coach encourages him to work hard to bring his grades up and to smooth things over with Miss Narwin.  "Sometimes you have to go along to get along...Go with the flow, " Coach Jamison tells Phillip.  Philip chooses not to be pro-active about his studies or even to go with "the flow' however, and instead, blames Miss Narwin for all of his difficulties. 

In the very end, Philip hopes for a fresh start at his new school, still clinging to his hopes of competitive running, but irony strikes when he discovers that his new campus has no track and field program. 

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