“You don’t want the opinion of another writer.”
— Theodora Goss (via writingquotes)
— Mario Vargas Llosa (via maxkirin)
When we teach our Writers Write course, we find that people are often unsure about using dramatic irony.
Dramatic Irony - What is it?
Dramatic irony is a story-telling device. It is when you give your reader plot information that the main character doesn’t have until later on in the story. Sometimes you want to keep all the characters in the dark about a major plot point that will only be revealed in the climax.
The Ironic Statement
When using dramatic irony, it should tie in with your theme. The characters must make a statement in the story, through dialogue or action, which throws the absurdity, danger, or emotion of the scene into relief. The dialogue will usually have a changed or opposite meaning. Similarly, the action will be misconstrued in some way, or cause a complication.
Here are the four reasons why you would use dramatic irony in a story, together with four examples, and their ironic statements.
by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write
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YOU REPULSIVE CELERY STICK.
YOU OBTUSE PUMPKIN SEED
You SORDID BALLPOINT PEN
You ARROGANT DESK LAMP
YOU REPULSIVE JAR OF RADISH
DERISORY KNITTING NEEDLE
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (via fitzgeraldquotes)
— Chang-Rae Lee (via maxkirin)
— Chris Baty (via diy-author)
— first line of Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (via newberymedalbooks)