Irony in The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe and “A Good Man is Hard to Find by Mary Flannery O'Connor

Abstract

The main aim of this paper is to bring out the irony in the two selected stories of Edgar Allan Poe “ The Cask of Amontillado” and Mary Flannery O’Conner “A Good Man is Hard to find“. Irony in any story depends on the author’s tone and attitude toward his specific situation . In this paper ,situational, dramatic and verbal ironies ”are discussed. Situational irony depends upon a discrepancy between how characters see a situation and the true nature of the situation. While in the dramatic irony readers knows something which characters in the story do not. The Third type is verbal irony it can occur through dialogue, when the character says something but he means another thing.Also the difference between sarcasm and irony will be explained.