IRONYwhat is the irony in increase of noise in the house when the boy wanted it to stop?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Irony often occurs when the expected outcome is the opposite of what one hoped for; or you do get what you were hoping for, but in a way that is completely unusable or unpleasant.  For example, I had hoped for a nice light rain to water my new flowers, but instead the torrential down pour completely flattened them.  Ah, irony!

lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Irony happens when you expect one outcome but get another. An example of irony in literature is when Madame Loisel thinks the necklace she lost was worth a lot of money. As it turns out, she replaced a fake necklace with a real one. The irony is that she paid a fortune for a replacement of a inexpensive necklace.  

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The example cited is one of situation. Situational irony occurs when actions have an effect that is directly contrary to what is intended.   Often people allude to a "strange coincidence" when something such as the boy experiences occurs.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Situational irony is sometimes defined as occuring when the outcome of a situation or choice yields the opposite of the intended outcome.

The irony then comes in the contrast of what was expected and what actually happens.

florine | Student

 Irony here takes on the aspect of contrariety: "the state or quality of being contrary". It is, indeed, a vexing one!