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Now That's Ironic

"Irony works because the audience understands something that eludes one or more of the characters."
~page 240 of Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor

When reading this chapter, I couldn't help but think back to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. One of the segments that came to mind was the Grangerford-Shepherdson feud--more specifically when they were leaving the church discussing how good the sermon on brotherly love was. This irony was completely lost on Huck but not on the audience. The families think the concept of brotherly love is great, apparently, but they can't bother to exercise it. They leave after thinking about how great it is and just go right back to fighting and killing each other again.

Comments (1)

Jeremy Barrick:

That is really funny. Never thought of that. Good perception. Irony is all over the place in AHF.

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