What are examples of dramatic irony in the book that can be quickly quoted?  

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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"Dramatic irony is when the words and actions of the characters of a work of literature have a different meaning for the reader than they do for the characters."

"But Rosaleen, who had less sense than I dreamed, said in this tone like she was explaining something real hard to a kindergarten student, "I'm going to register my name so I can vote, that's what."

Rosaleen is making a statement about voting but in reality she is making a timid but bigger stand.  This becomes evident when shortly she is surrounded by white men who taunt her.  While she speaks the words in a timid way like talking to someone in kindergarten, she takes bold action by pouring her snuff cup contents on one of the white men's shoes.

"Sometimes you want to fall on your knees and thank God in heaven for all the poor news reporting that goes on in the world." (66)

To Lily this meant that her name and Rosaleen's were not in the paper.  She was worried that the police were looking for them.

For the reader it is an indication that Lily is more self-focused like so many teenagers are.  She believes that she and Rosaleen are so important in their run that they would make the papers.


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wrightshanequa | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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that oh how she love her morther and how she didnt mean to kill her.and how her father had sex and abose her over and over again