Short Ironic Stories Essays and Term Papers

  • Irony in "The Lottery"

    throughout the story. The setting is introduced as a "clear and sunny" day, but ends with the brutal death of a housewife (715). The two people who essentially run the town, Mr. Graves and Mr. Summers, also have ironic names. In addition, the characters and the narrator make ironic statements throughout...

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  • The Most Dangerous Game

    The short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell is composed of character, setting and conflict. One of the critical themes in the short story is irony, which plays a major role in the story. There is irony in the setting, a remote jungle island, the conflict, murder verses hunting, and...

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  • Cask of Amontillado

    Cask of Amontillado” Essay In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” the author uses elements of dialogue, setting, and characterization to illustrate the irony of Fotunato’s demise. In this short story, there are many cases of ironic dialogue used between the two characters. For instance...

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  • The Sniper

    could be solved in an orderly fashion rather then a callous disaster where young men and women die. This cataclysmic story takes place in a short story written by Liam O'Flaherty, the story takes place in Dublin, Ireland during the 1920's where a Republican sniper is involved with a terrible accident. He...

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  • The Lottery Literary Analysis

    How would you react if you won the lottery? In the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson winning the lottery means losing your life. Every one in the village has to pick a slip of paper out of the box. There is one slip that has a black dot on it. Then the family of the person who picked the black...

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  • Story of an Hour

    The Story of an Hour Kate Chopin was an American author of short stories and novels during the women’s suffrage era. Following the death of her husband and mother, Chopin turned to writing as her therapeutic healing. By 1899, she was well known as both a local colorist and a woman writer. Many...

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  • Titlesssss

    factors. One factor is irony. Throughout time authors have used words to teach others this frustrating lesson. Such author is Flannery O’Connor with her story “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” This Composition illustrates a twist of events all revolves around the irony filled character known as “Grandmother”....

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  • Text Response

    You Please Be Quiet, Please? Is ironic because what is actually required in many of the relationships depicted is more communication. Discuss. PLAN: Topic Sentences: Many of Carver’s characters show a glimmer of communication in their relationship, it is ironic that the miscommunication can break...

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  • Sniper

    Sniper'; Liam O' Flaherty suggest the horror of war not only by presenting its physical dangers but also by showing its psychological effects. The story takes place in Dublin around the beleaguered Four Courts in the middle of the city where gunfire of heavy guns, machine guns, and rifles break the silence...

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  • “Laughter Through Tears” in Chinua Achebe’s Girls at War and Other Stories

    notion of irony in Achebe's "Girls at War and Other Stories". My choice of Achebe’s collection of short stories is due to the scarcity of the critics written about it. All the focus and attention went to Achebe’s novels leaving out his short stories which are interesting to study especially that they...

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  • Art and Irony

    communicate stories of tragedy, peace, hardship, and ease. In many ways, visual art and written stories can be compared to one another. Like a frame to a picture, the techniques in a short story help keep the story together. As for the elements they can be seen as the painting itself, providing both story and...

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  • The Child by Tiger

    Wolfe does a superb job of making the story reveal a truth about human experience. Dick's killing rampage in the short story showed how the human sole has a tendency to become violent. Characterization and excellent choice of tone and mood used in the story display how the Dick becomes violent. ...

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  • Ironies

    Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”—which takes only a few minutes to read—has an ironic ending: Mrs. Mallard dies just when she is beginning to live. On first reading, the ending seems almost too ironic for belief. On rereading the story, however, one sees that the ending is believable partly because...

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  • ' Chance at Death"

    wrote the short story "The Lottery". A lottery is typically thought of as something good but usually involves money and prizes. In this lottery, it is not what you win but what you lose. Situations, names, and the title have a hiddin meaning behind them. In other words the story is very ironic. The examination...

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  • Irony and Foreshadowing in Poe's Short Stories

    Irony and Foreshadowing in Poe’s Short Stories In Poe’s short stories, he uses literary devices like irony and foreshadowing to increase reader interest in his stories. Irony and Foreshadowing helps to create suspense, anxiety, and humor in his works. They also help to capture the audience’s attention...

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  • Irony in "The Cask of Amontillado"

    used very often in horror stories. One story that this is particularly overt in is Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Poe utilizes irony to create dark humor by writing Montressor’s intentions to kill Fortunado at the beginning of the story, and then making light...

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  • The Unexpected Symbolic Outcome of "The Lottery"

    lifetime. Author Shirley Jackson coveys both violence and human cruelty in her well known short story "The Lottery". "Jackson's The Lottery" states, "The date of the lottery, its location, and the symbolic or ironic names of its characters all work to convey a meaning that is even more disturbing than...

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  • The Story of an Hour

    in The Story of an Hour In Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour” she uses different kinds of literary elements to clearly define her story and to show all of the meanings behind what happens in the story. There are many different kinds of literary elements used in this short story but I...

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  • Greasy Lake

    "Greasy Lake" by Tom Coraghessan Boyle, is the story of a group of 19 year old adolescents, searching for a situation that will proclaim them as "bad boys" and how their minds change and develop. Tom Boyle uses the theme of being bad by showing different characters to symbolize someone always trying...

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  • Racism

    Racism dates back thousands and thousands of years back to the caveman times. In the short story “Desiree’s Baby”, Kate Chopin shows how discrimination by skin color can affect people. Desiree was abandoned and raised by Madame Valmonde. Armand, the father of the baby, was a member of the most notable...

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