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Examples of Verbal irony

Verbal irony

Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-11 10:59:39
Irony is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or situation in which there is a sharp incongruity or discordance that goes beyond the simple and evident intention of words or actions.

Verbal irony is a type of irony and is a statement in which the meaning that a speaker employs is sharply different from the meaning that is ostensibly expressed.

Verbal Irony Examples:

One of the many examples of verbal irony that kids come across in everyday life is when they do something to annoy their parents. Rather than taking to getting angry immediately, parents try to say an ironic statement so as to get the message across. Here are a few verbal irony examples for kids that will help you become familiar with this figure of speech:

When a mother walks into a room and sees that her children, instead of doing their homework, are playing video games, she gives them a stern look and says "Once you"re done with your very important work there, let"s take some time out for recreation in the form of some chemistry problems."

A mother makes the least favorite dish for her kid and the kid tends to just sit at the dinner table playing with his food, much to the annoyance of both parents. Then when he says "Do I have to eat this now mom?" and the mother replies "Of course you don"t have to eat that right now dear, you can just eat it when you"re really hungry!", then you know you have one of the most expected verbal irony examples right there!

Verbal Irony Examples in Literature:

In Act III Scene V of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet is upset at being told that her father has promised her hand in marriage to Paris rather than Romeo, who she loves. She has fully made up her mind to be married to Romeo, so she ironically states to her mother "…I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris …"

One of the most well known verbal irony examples is in the Prologue in Act I of Romeo and Juliet, which opens with "Two households, both alike in dignity, ...". When you first read this line, you may think that the two families are quite dignified or honorable. However, as the play goes on, you realize that each family is violently competitive. Thus, they are actually similarly undignified.

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