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In the story "Chickamauga" by Ambrose Bierce, what is ironic about what frightens the boy?

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There are two definite occurrences in which Ambrose Bierce uses situational irony in his short story, "Chickamauga." 

Situational irony is defined as a literary device in which what is expected to happen is the opposite of what actually happens. 

In this story, the little boy is first frightened by a rabbit.

 "Advancing from the bank of the creek he suddenly found himself confronted with a new and more formidable enemy: in the path that he was following, sat, bolt upright, with ears erect and paws suspended before it, a rabbit! With a startled cry the child turned and fled, he knew not in what direction, calling with inarticulate cries for his mother, weeping, stumbling, his tender skin cruelly torn by brambles, his little heart beating hard with terror--breathless, blind with tears--lost in the forest!"

It is ironic that something as harmless as a rabbit, which is an animal of prey and not a predator, frightens the...

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