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How can you relate irony to the setting in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney?

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Jack Finney provides irony in the setting of “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” by using two contrasting, but symbolic, settings. The story begins in the warm, cozy apartment that Tom Bernecke shares with his lovely wife. The apartment is symbolic of all that is good and stable in his life. In fact, Tom opened the window to let some of the warmth out, and that is when his coveted piece of paper blows onto the ledge of the apartment building. The ledge becomes the second distinct setting in the story. The irony of the second setting is that it is the location where...

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