The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry

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List the irony in "The Ransom of Red Chief".

List the irony in "The Ransom of Red Chief".

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"The Ransom of Red Chief" is a wonderful story that is filled with irony . The irony that is central to the story is situational irony. This occurs when something happens that isn't the expected outcome. I would say that there are two central examples of this kind of irony in the story. The first is that the kidnapping victim little Johnny Dorset isn't the terrified for his life like the readers and the kidnappers expected. Instead, Johnny thinks the kidnapping is one big, fun adventure. He then proceeds to make life miserable for the two kidnappers. They are not exactly the hardened criminals that a kidnapping story generally presents. The other big bit of...

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