What are an examples of situational, dramatic and verbal irony in Crane's "The Open Boat"?
Situational irony occurs when the men in the open boat see people upon the shore. Situational irony is where a situation occurs in which expectation is contradicted by reality. The men in the boat see these people as their rescuers. The people on the shore see the men in the boat upon the raging sea as a novelty, as part of their excursion, an excursion they probably paid money for. The painful situation is that, in modern days of excursions, the people on the shore do not expect to see a life and death situation play out before them and therefore can not recognize waves and shouts of desperation as anything other than amusement arranged, it would seem, exclusively for their benefit. The situational irony is that while the people on the shore are thrilled and amused, the men in the boat are grasping at rescue as they fight against impending death.
This same scene might possibly be used as an illustration of dramatic irony on the...
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