Irony in the Necklace

Irony in the Necklace
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  • VERBAL IRONY
  • "The Minister of Education and Mme. Georges Rampouneau request the pleasure of M. and Mme. Loisel's company at the Ministry, on the evening of Monday, January 18th."
  •  Give your invitation to a friend whose wife has better clothes than I do."
  • SITUATIONAL IRONY 
  • "Yes; you didn't notice then? They were very similar."
  •     "Oh, my poor Mathilde! Mine was an imitation! It was worth five hundred francs at most! ..."
  • DRAMATIC IRONY
  • She suffered because of the poorness of her house as she looked at the dirty walls, the worn-out chairs and the ugly curtains. All these things that another woman of her class would not even have noticed, 
  • Verbal irony is expressed by Louisal when her husband comes home and brings the invitation and she replies, "I have no gown, and, therefore, I can't go to this ball. Give your card to some colleague whose wife is better equipped than I am." Louisal doesn't really want her husband to give the invitation away, She does not want this. She really wants a new dress.
  • Situational irony is expressed when Louisal buys the necklace from Madame Forestier. She thinks it is expensive but it is really not. In the end, when she pays for the diamond necklace, she learns that the one Madame Forestier gave her was a fake and was worth at most five hundred francs.
  • Dramatic irony is expressed by this piece of evidence. " She suffered because of the poorness of her house as she looked at the dirty walls, the worn-out chairs and the ugly curtains. All these things that another woman of her class would not even have noticed..." This shows that we know her life is not that bad for her class, but she thinks her life sucks.
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