What is an example of situational irony?


An example of situational irony occurs in Samuel Coleridge's poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," when the crew thirsts to death surrounded by water. The poem states, "Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink."

Situational irony occurs when what happens is different from what anyone logically expects. An everyday example of situational irony is a house next door to a fire station burning to the ground. O. Henry is a notable user of situational irony. In his short story, "The Gift of the Magi," a young couple is too poor to buy each other Christmas gifts. Jim sells his prized pocket watch to buy combs for Della's hair, and Della sells her hair to buy a chain for Jim's pocket watch.

"Oedipus Rex" is another example of situational irony in a work of literature. A king named Oedipus vows to find the murderer of the former king and kill him in an effort to rid his country of the plague he believes is caused by the murder. He does not realize that the former king is the man he killed on a road years earlier in a fight, which means that he is the murderer he has vowed to bring to justice.

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By Coleridge: "Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink ;
We just learned this like a week ago in school. An example of situational irony is: I was playing baseball and hit a window. The person that lived in the house where i hit the window
Situational Irony – not so much the opposite of what you expect to happen. Situational Irony is more specifically defined as when a perverse, tragic, surprisingly amusing or
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