Examples Of Dramatic Irony In The Odyssey

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World Literature I (ENGL 2111.08) October 17, 2012 Irony What is Irony? Irony is incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result or an event and result marked by such incongruity. It can also mean the incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play. The works of the Odyssey, Oedipus and Jataka are full of ironic content. Some of the works have verbal, dramatic and situational irony. The story of the Odyssey has lots of ironic situation that occur which are dramatic and verbal. Oedipus Rex is one of the best Greek tragedies of all times. The Oedipus Rex irony is the king’s tragedy of fate. The dramatic ironies of Oedipus Rex are categorized according to verbal and tragic ironies. The Odyssey has two ironic situations. The first one is an example of dramatic irony, when Odysseus returns to Ithaca as a filthy beggar. “Eventually Odysseus returns to Ithaca all alone, in disguise as a filthy beggar and unsure if he will…show more content…
However, Odysseus told Polyphemus his name was nobody, so that when Polyphemus cried out for help, while Odysseus was shoving a stake into his eye, his fellow Cyclopes would think that no one was attacking him. But then once Odysseus had escaped Polyphemus and got onto his boat, he cried out 'My name is Odysseus. The great Odysseus has blinded you. After Odysseus took the Polyphemus eye out he then asked his father Poseidon to curse Odysseus. Which Poseidon did do, not allowing Odysseus to reach Ithaca for 10 years.”(Why did Odysseus the Cyclops his name was
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