Irony and Ambiguity English II Objective: We will identify and define irony and ambiguity Paraphrase our objective. What does it mean? APK What do you remember about irony
and ambiguity? Can you identify a text that used irony or ambiguity Can you name one of the three types of irony? Concept Development: Irony Verbal--when someone says one
thing but means the opposite Situational--an occurrence that is not just surprising; it is the opposite of what we expected Dramatic--when we (the audience) know what is in store for a character, but the character does not know When the opposite of what we expected happens.
For For Example: Example: When When John John Hinckley Hinckley attempted attempted to
to assassinate assassinate President President Ronald Ronald Reagan, Reagan, all all of of his his shots shots initially
initially missed missed the the President; President; however however aa bullet bullet ricocheted ricocheted off off the
the bullet-proof bullet-proof windows windows of of the the Presidential Presidential limousine limousine and and struck struck Reagan
Reagan in in the the chest. chest. Thus, Thus, the the windows windows made made to to protect
protect the the President President from from gunfire gunfire were were partially partially responsible responsible for for his
his being being shot. shot. CFU: Tell you partner an example of situational irony from life, a movie, or a book. For For Example: Example:
Jim Jim Fixx, Fixx, who who did did much much to to popularize popularize jogging jogging as as
aa form form of of healthy healthy exercise exercise in in his his 1977 1977 book book The The
Complete Complete Book Book of of Running, Running, died died at at the the age age of of
52 52 of of aa heart heart attack attack while while out out jogging. jogging. CFU: What makes this an example of situational irony?
When we (the audience) know what is in store for a character, but the character does not know. Little Red Riding Hood & Romeo and Juliet what does the audience know that the characters do not? CFU: Tell your partner an example of dramatic irony from movie or book.
When you say one thing but you mean something else That thing was very good! Sarcasm Yet another example of
precise and descriptive language! is verbal irony that is meant to criticize. CFU: Tell your partner an example of verbal irony from life, a movie, or a book.
Concept Development: Ambiguity Offers readers a choice of more than one meaning or interpretation Keeps readers guessing, wondering, and reflecting Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature
"[Ambiguity] allows for two or more simultaneous interpretations of a word, phrase, action, or situation, all of which can be supported by the context of a work. Deliberate ambiguity can contribute to the effectiveness and richness of a work.... However, unintentional ambiguity obscures meaning and can confuse readers."
Why use ambiguity? Ambiguous stories tend to linger in readers minds the longest because ambiguity challenges readers imaginations. They encourage readers to discuss their thoughts and ideas with others. CFU: Tell your partner an example of a movie, book, or story that is ambiguous.
Irony Practice Look at the pictures, and decide which type of irony they represent: Verbal Situational Dramatic Ambiguity Practice Look at the pictures, and decide
why they are ambiguous. What is ambiguous about these sentences? The girl skipped happily by the bank. The man looked at the boy with the telescope. The handsome man was wearing a light suit. At the zoo, I saw the little boy duck.
Three-year-old teacher needed for preschool. Closure What are the three different types of irony? Why would stories use irony? What is the definition of ambiguity? Why would stories use ambiguity?
Independent Practice USE YOUR PHONES TO FIND EXAMPLES ONLINE Find a movie or story that uses irony Identify the type of Irony and explain its effect on the audience Find a movie or story that uses ambiguity. Identify what is ambiguous and explain its effect on the audience
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