In the movie "Shrek," Donkey asks Shrek a question to which Shrek replies "yes"; when Donkey asks him, "Really?" Shrek says that he never accepted in the first place. This verbal irony is seen throughout the movie during... More »

Verbal abuse is a nonphysical form of abuse that may involve insulting, criticizing and attempting to shame the victim, explains Day One. Verbal abuse often overlaps with emotional abuse, states Loveisrespect.org. Manipu... 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 »

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Exaggeration, humor, irony and ridicule are common satirical devices. Such devices are used in literature or media to criticize corruption or to convey the author's belief in the foolishness of a person, group or society... More »

Thomas Hardy uses the literary devices of imagery, irony and repetition in his poem, "The Man He Killed." These devices help the poet express his anti-war sentiments. More »

The most common elements of a satire are irony, sarcasm and ridicule. Satires use verse and prose to scorn, criticize or denounce human folly and vice. More »

An example of a parody in literature would be in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 13, which was written as a parody of typical love poems from his time period. In it, Shakespeare mocks the comparisons that poets made in thei... More »