There are many ways to make a story interesting. There are many definitions for interesting, but usually means to get the attention of something. Irony, the opposite of what is expected is one way to make a story interesting. There are three types of irony: situational irony, verbal irony, and dramatic irony. Situational irony is when what happens is the opposite from what is expected. Verbal irony is when what is said is the opposite of what is meant. Dramatic irony is when the reader knows something that a character does not know. There are many stories that use irony to make them more interesting such as "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote, "The Lady, or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton, "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes and "The Sniper" by Liam O’Flaherty. "A Christmas Memory" is a story about a boy named Buddy and his friend working to make a perfect Christmas; "The Lady, or the Tiger?" is about a princess’s lover being accused of loving the king’s daughter, and the princess’s lover must chose between two doors that contain either a lady who he shall marry or a tiger that will kill him; "Thank You, M'am" is about a boy named Roger attempting to steal a woman’s pocketbook, but instead of turning him in, she took him back to her apartment to make him dinner; "The Sniper" is about a Republican sniper killing an enemy sniper who happens to turn out as his brother. Irony can make stories really interesting but sometimes irony does not. Situational irony is the most effective at creating interesting stories.
Situational irony makes a story interesting because people can relate to the situations as if it is realistic. In the story "The Lady, or the Tiger?" when the king thinks that he knows everything going on in his kingdom, but he did not know about his daughter being in love for months. "This love affair moved on happily for many months, until one day the king happened to discover its existence" (Daniel 301). The king is supposed to be all...
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