Sarcasm While the Irony's Hot

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Flannery O'Connor's Use of Irony

Irony is used in stories to show that there is a difference in reality and the way things appear to be either in terms of meaning,‭ ‬action,‭ ‬or situation.‭ ‬In two of Flannery O'Conner's short stories entitled‭ "‬Good Country People,‭" ‬and‭ "‬A Good Man Is Hard to Find,‭" ‬she uses the technique of irony to help her create various different degrees of abnormal characters and situations.‭ ‬These seemingly intellectual people act abnormally in order to satisfy their own selfish desires‭; ‬likewise,‭ ‬the seemingly normal situations are misleading in the way that they appear to be average but result in deviant chaos.‭ ‬There are many different examples of these awry characters and circumstances in these short stories.‭ ‬There are also examples of the different types of irony that Flannery O'Connor uses,‭ ‬such as verbal irony,‭ ‬dramatic irony,‭ ‬and situational irony.‭ Verbal irony occurs when the character's words have an underlying meaning that is the opposite of what he or she really said.‭ ‬Much of the irony in‭ "‬Good Country People,‭" ‬is in the title.‭ ‬Mrs.‭ ‬Hopewell hires the Freemans because they are‭ "‬good country people‭"; ‬however,‭ ‬we learn that Mrs.‭ ‬Freeman has to have her nose in everyone's business.‭ ‬We also learn that she has‭ "‬a special fondness for the details of secret infections,‭ ‬hidden deformities,‭ ‬assaults upon children,‭" ‬of which she‭ "‬preferred the lingering or incurable‭ (‬O'Connor‭)‬.‭" ‬It seems that she has a very perverse nature to be considered a‭ "‬good...
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