What is an example of irony in Judith Ortiz Cofer's short story "American History"?
"American History" mostly centers around the day that President Kennedy got shot, which was November 22, 1963. The story has a number of ironic elements to it. First, Elena is a Puerto Rican teenager who lives in Paterson, New Jersey and goes to a school that is populated mostly by African Americans. Because she is part of the minority population, she endures discrimination and prejudice for who she is. The irony here is that African Americans treat Elena with prejudice when usually it is their race that is the victim of discrimination. Since they know what it feels like to be discriminated against, it is ironic that they would turn around and treat someone else with...
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