20th February 2018

Irony

Irony is defined as “the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.” There is a lot of irony found in the story ‘King Lear. This includes of the first part, but the dramatic irony is finally realised at the end of the story. The king is willing to give his kingdom away to whoever loves him, but no body loves him enough for this to occur.

There are many irony in the text of king Lear including:

  • “The King say;”
  • “A bitter fool.”
  • “The fool says;”
  • “Dost thou know the difference, my boy, between a bitter fool and a sweet fool?”

These show how the expression of the King’s particular meaning is by using language that normally signifies the opposite, therefore basically sarcasm.

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