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An example of bitter situational irony in this short story is that despite the presence of millions of dollars worth of electronic equipment being used to transmit the young girl's plight around the world, a basic water pump is not on hand to save her life. Perhaps the author is sarcastic about the way the media uses tragedy to boost ratings.
Another example of irony in the story is that the narrator feels closer to Carle by watching him on television than she does when they are reunited. The effects of the irony in this story allow the reader to take away several lessons from the story that the characters themselves are unable to see.
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