What irony is present in "Araby"?

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I think this story is filled with irony, but you'll need to decide which type(s) of irony you wish to identify and write about.

** verbal irony -- for example, when a character says one thing but means another

** dramatic irony -- several possibilities, including when "the character expects the opposite of what the reader knows that fate holds in store"

** situational irony -- "in which accidental events occur that seem oddly appropriate"

See the lit_terms link below and scroll down to Irony to read about various types of irony in detail.

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Irony is a contrast between appearance and actuality. In this story, the innocent young boy thinks he's in love with Mangan's sister. He sees himself as a religious hero and equates the young girl to the Virgin Mary. His feelings for her at the beginnning are very strong. "But my body was like a harp and her...

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