Situational irony refers to a situation where the outcome and the expectations or intentions are not what is expected. In other words, the actions or intentions are not in line with the outcome. One illustrative example ... More »

A funny example of irony is a woman who falls asleep reading a book about overcoming sleep problems. Other examples include a spelling exam that misspells its instructions, or a sign advertising a construction service th... More » Education Writing Literary Writing

William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies" has many examples of irony, several of which are rooted in statements the young boys make about order and culture, which they later fail to uphold. One of the most obviously ir... More »

Situational irony refers to events in a story that are unexpected, and Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" features many, including the difference between the meaning of Fortunato's name and his destiny, as well as Montresor... More »

Two well-known examples of irony in literature are found in "Oedipus Rex" and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." In the first example, Oedipus unknowingly brings a curse upon himself by his own orders. In the second, the... More »

In Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale," the pardoner's greed and dishonesty are excellent examples of situational irony. Situational irony occurs when someone does the opposite of what he is expected to do. In this ... More »

Symbolism in literature is an object, person, action or situation that has both a literal and additional meaning. For example, in Christian literature, a tree may symbolize Christ's execution cross. More »