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 » Art & Literature Literature Classics

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

The irony in "Hamlet" is dramatic irony, which is different from situational irony; dramatic irony is the difference between what the character believes and what the audience knows. Situational irony refers to the charac... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics
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"The Pardoner's Tale" is an exemplum in that it reveals what greed is capable of doing, even to close friends; the danger of the love of money; and the deceptiveness of death. The Pardoner who tells the tale is himself g... More » Art & Literature Literature