Irony in the Scarlet Pimpernel

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What makes The Scarlet Pimpernel such an interesting novel? Well, Emmuska Magdalena Rosalia Maria Josefa Barbara Orczy used a lot of irony to enhance the plot. She used all types of irony including verbal irony (character says something he doesn’t mean), situational irony (something happens that was totally unexpected by the reader), and dramatic irony (when the reader knows something that the character or characters don’t know). One type of irony is called verbal irony. Verbal irony can also be a form of jokes, or sallies, but not always. For instance, when the lurid Chauvelin said to Marguerite de St. Just, “Your brothers life hangs by a thread. Pray that the thread does not snap!” and after he adds, “Hope you sleep well.” This is verbal irony because after Chauvelin threatens her, he tells her to sleep well. Obviously no one can sleep well after someone tells them that their brother is going to die. So this means that Chauvelin didn’t mean what he said to Lady Blakney after he threatened her. This is verbal irony and it was not a joke. Another form of irony is called situational irony. Situational irony is when something happens that is not expected. Situational irony is probably most used in movies and books. It is used to strengthen the suspense of the novel or movie. In The Scarlet Pimpernel an example of situational irony is when we find out that the pinioned Benjamin Rosenbaum is really Sir Percy, the Scarlet Pimpernel, in disguise. We didn’t expect the Jew to be the Scarlet Pimpernel because he was giving away the location of the Pere Blachard’s hut. We also didn’t expect him to be so near to his enemy. Although we expected him to be a plebian, we were still taken by surprise. The last version of irony is called dramatic irony. In dramatic irony the words or actions of a
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