“Irony in Guy de Maupassant’s “The Jewelry”” Essay

3130 Words May 15th, 2014 13 Pages
Contents
Introduction
Chapter I. Irony
i.i Types of irony
i.ii Irony in literature
Conclusion to the Chapter I
Chapter II. “The Jewelry” by Guy de Maupassant ii.i Plot summary ii.ii Analysis of the story ii.iii Irony in “The Jewelry”
Conclusion to Chapter II
Conclusion
Bibliography

Introduction
“Expect the unexpected,” is something that I heard many times. We should follow this rule while reading different genres of writing, because writers use irony to keep readers’ attention, and make their works more interesting.
This research paper deals with one of Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Jewelry” and with his virtuous ability to use irony in it.
It is sometimes said that we live in an age of irony.
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This type of irony appears from the events and circumstances of a story. When we see situational irony, we might think circumstances are unfair or unfortunate – for example, if a greedy millionaire buys a lottery ticket and wins additional millions.
i.ii Irony in literature Here I wanted to list several examples from literature, by means of which, we could understand what irony is more clearly. Firs examples are from “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. I have chosen them, because this story is widely known across the globe. “Two households, both alike in dignity…”
The opening line of Shakespeare’s play leads the reader to believe that both Capulet and Montague families are worthy of respect that they are given in Verona. As the story progresses, we realize that neither household is dignified. In fact, several of their actions are unworthy of their place in society.
Another irony in Romeo and Juliet is that the reader remains aware of the fact that Juliet takes a sleeping portion to simulate death, and at the end of the day, when Romeo kills himself after thinking that Juliet is dead, the reader is astonished by the tragic irony.
Next examples come from short stories, which I was supposed to read on my first years in university. The Casque of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe:
In this story, the reader is conscious from the very beginning

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