What are some examples of irony used in books 1 or 2 of Paradise Lost?

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Situational irony occurs when events work out the opposite or individuals turn out to be the opposite, of what is expected.

One of the ironies of Book II is that the legions of devils consider Satan a noble God when he tells them he will go by himself to:

the coasts of dark destruction seek
Deliverance for us all

This convinces them this evil entity is good and self-sacrificing:

Towards him they bend
With awful reverence prone; and as a God
Extoll him equal to the highest in Heav’n:
Nor fail’d they to express how much they prais’d,
That for the general safety...

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