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Beauty and the Beast screenshot
An example of dramatic irony. In Beauty and the Beast, the audience knows from the beginning of the movie that the beast is a prince, but Belle does not.
Stop Defacing Signs
A stop sign has been defaced with a plea not to deface stop signs, which is ironic.

Irony is a term for a figure of speech. Irony is when something happens that is the opposite from what is expected. Irony can be categorized into different types, including verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony.

Types

Examples of each type:

  • Verbal irony: A contradiction between a statement's stated and intended meaning:
    • as soft as concrete
    • as clear as mud
  • Situational irony: When the result of an action is different to the desired or expected effect:
    • A fire station burns down.
    • Your english teacher is terrible at grammar
  • Dramatic irony and tragic irony: The difference in awareness between an actor and an observer: when words and actions possess significance that the listener or audience understands, but the speaker or character does not:
    • In Beauty and the Beast, the audience knows from the beginning of the movie that the beast is a prince, but Belle does not.

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