Isn't It Ironic?

Is it really? You've probably heard the phrase, "That's so ironic," but how often is that actually true? Unless the opposite of what was expected happens, someone says something but means something else entirely, or we know something HUGE that others do not about a situation, then it probably isn't ironic at all. When my clumsy friend falls, that's not ironic; it's expected. When I am about to meet a guy named Tiny and he  ends up weighing 300 pounds, now that is ironic! I was expecting a little guy, not a linebacker! So, let's set the story straight. What is irony? What are the different types? And why are we so obsessed with it?

But first, a few examples...

The Three Types of Irony

Dramatic Irony: where the audience knows more than the characters do about the events occurring now or in the future of the narrative, resulting in humor, suspense, or some other intended effect on the audience

Challenge: Try to think of a movie, book, TV show or real life situation that illustrates dramatic irony.


Situational Irony:
creates a “surprise ending” that defies the audience expectation

Challenge: Come up with the most hillarious situation you can think of that would be considered ironic.


Verbal Irony:
where a character says the opposite of what they mean

Challenge: Using verbal irony, explain how much you really hate or dislike something. Remember, the point is to use VERBAL IRONY (review definition).