The 3 Ironies
By: Megan, Jordan, Nathan, and Jose
Situational Irony (n): Something happens differently than what someone would expect
Fire Station Fire
This fire department burns down. This is situational irony because everyone knows that firefighters are supposed to prevent and stop fires. One would expect that a fire station would be prepared for a fire, considering they are trained to do so. However, this fire stations burns down.
Graffiti is a Crime
The billboard is telling us that graffiti is a crime. This is situational irony because we would expect people to follow the law in order to not receive consequences, but a graffiti artist vandalized the billboard into making it say it’s a “fun” crime. It is now ironic because and anti-graffiti poster has graffiti on it!
Dramatic Irony (n): When the audience knows what happens before a character does
Romeo and Juliet
In the end of the play, Juliet drinks a potion that makes her go to sleep. The audience knows that she is only asleep and not dead, but Romeo thinks she’s dead and doesn’t know that she’s still alive. This is dramatic irony because the audience knows what Romeo doesn’t know.
In most horror movies, the audience knows that there is a presence/killer/monster is in the house, however the character(s) do not. This is dramatic irony because the audience then watches a character enter the house (or not witnessing the action of the presence/monster) without the character knowing what’s in store, yet the audience knows exactly what is going to happen.
Verbal Irony (n): When something is said that is contrary to what is true, or when you say something opposite of what you mean
The supposed employed at the establishment claims they speak english but as you can tell by the spelling on the sign, they really don’t. This is verbal irony because one thing is said that is in fact contrary to what is actually true. The place says they speak English, but the sign shows that they don’t.
It’s clear to see that this man’s garden is a mess, yet he exclaims that he doesn’t have to worry about watering his plants. This is verbal irony because now that his plants are destroyed he says he won’t have to worry about watering them, but he makes a joke out of it because knows that in the future he will make sure to water them.