The Scarlet Pinnel Analysis

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Are You For Real? By Aaron The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic novel written by Baroness Emma Orczy. The novel takes place in the late 1700s during the French Revolution. A wealthy, royal Englishman named Percy Blakeney becomes the protagonist as he becomes a hero known as the Scarlet Pimpernel. The Scarlet Pimpernel is a figure known to smuggle aristocrats out of Paris, France, where they were being slaughtered and executed. He lives a double personality to keep his identity a secret, and uses cunning and cleverness to outwit his enemies. This creates the perfect setup for irony to come into play in the story. There are three types of irony present in the novel, verbal, situational, and dramatic. Verbal irony is when someone says something they don’t mean. Situational…show more content…
Verbal irony is displayed many times throughout the story, such as when Chauvelin blackmails Marguerite, he says, “Your brother’s life hangs by a thread. Pray that the thread does not snap!” and right after that he adds, “Hope you sleep well.” Obviously no one can sleep well after someone tells them that their brother is about to die. Yet she also replies “You flatter me, citoyen.” Marguerite is actually internally torn between her love for Armand and her loyalty to the Scarlet Pimpernel. Verbal irony is also seen when Lord Grenville introduces Marguerite and the Comtesse to each other. They already know each other very well while when they were in France. Situational irony is also seen through the Scarlet Pimpernel’s cunning. His plans are full of twists and turns, leaving the reader almost clueless as to what will happen next. An example of situational irony is when Benjamin Rosenbaum, the Jew, is revealed as Percy Blakeney near the end of the novel. The reader only suspected him for what he was described as, a humble Jew who coincidentally witnessed the Scarlet Pimpernel’s plan of direction. Nobody expected him to be traveling right alongside Chauvelin. Dramatic
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