In a Grove
  • What is the function of irony (the contrast between what is expected and what actually occurs) in the story of In a Grove?
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    That's great!  What you might want to do is use your interest in the law to consider this story.  We are being asked to look at a crime from different perspectives, giving us an awareness that the testimony of each witness comes through a different lens.  And studying literature, believe it or not, helped me to become a better attorney.  Every time you file a complaint or write a brief, you are telling the court a story, with a setting, characters, and a plot.  Analogy, metaphor, and other literary devices are tools often used in the telling of the story.  Keep reading, and keep thinking about what you read.

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    What irony exists in this story is a function of whose version you believe.  If you are expected to write a paper on this topic, you might want to consider having different sections for the different versions of the story. For example, the bandit claims that the wife wanted to run off with him. Is that ironic because one would expect her to want to die, rather than to be dishonored?  It is unexpected, to be sure, but I don't know that this rises to the level of irony.  But it is best to think of this as several different stories, since the reader is presented with different reports of the events.

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