To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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

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There are two examples of situational irony in part 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird. The first is Scout's teacher's reaction when she realizes the extent of Scout's education. The second is Atticus's ability to shoot a rabid dog.

Situational irony occurs when there is a major difference between what a reader expects and what actually happens. It is usually based on a contradiction between expectation and reality.

Miss Caroline is a teacher at Scout's school. She asks Scout to read the alphabet and then asks her to read through a series of texts. When Scout is able to, Miss Caroline is not pleased. Scout says, "she discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste. Miss Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me any more, it would interfere with my reading." Scout argues that her father didn't teach her; Miss Caroline refuses to believe her and repeats the order.

This is situational irony because a reader would expect a teacher to celebrate a pupil's ability to...

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