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What are some examples of situational irony in part 1 of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee?

In To Kill a Mockingbird, situational irony occurs when Scout intervenes to help Miss Caroline understand Walter Jr.'s reasoning but makes the situation worse. Scout's explanation does not help Miss Caroline and results in her being punished. Situational irony also occurs when Jem returns to the Radley yard to find his pants mended and folded, which he did not expect. The children also discover that their father is a talented marksman, which is unexpected and another example of situational irony.

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Situational irony occurs when something happens that is different than what the audience or characters expected. In part 1, situational irony occurs when Scout attempts to defend Walter Cunningham in front of Miss Caroline but only makes the situation worse and results in her being punished. When Walter Cunningham Jr. refuses to accept Miss Caroline's quarter to buy lunch, Scout intervenes in an attempt to alleviate the tension and explain Walter's unique situation. Scout simply tells Miss Caroline that Walter is a Cunningham and thinks that her teacher will understand his situation given his family name. Despite Scout's good intentions, she makes the situation worse and ends up getting punished after losing her composure. This is considered situational irony because the outcome was the complete opposite of what Scout expected.

Another example of situational irony occurs when Jem returns to the Radley yard to discover that his pants were mended and folded neatly over the fence. The Radley home...

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