Sunday, November 23, 2014
Stop Cutting Trees
STOP CUTTING TREES
by Antonio C. Antonio
November 15, 2014
Define irony. Irony is a broad and rhetoric term. It is also a literary technique or event characterized by incongruities or contrast. Here are some definitions of the term “irony”:
1. The expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect:
2. A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result;
3. A literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character’s words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character;
4. An incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs;
5. A condition of affairs or events of a character opposite to what was, or might naturally be, expected; and,
6. A contradictory outcome of events as if in mockery of the promise and fitness of things.
In a blog “A Twisted Sense of Righteousness” (http://antonantonio.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-twisted-sense-of-righteousness.html), I stated reasons why some situations can prove to be ironic. In an environmental sense, irony could best be described with the following situation. Imagine a group of people arguing that we should only use biodegradable materials. So they go on to cut-down trees, produce paper, make paper bags out of them then write: “Stop Cutting Trees”.
Just my little thoughts…
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