Literary Analysis
Irony in Short Stories

Prompt:  Write a 750+ word essay examining the use of irony in short stories.

Discussion of the prompt:  Choose from one of the forms below to write a well-developed essay on the ways authors use the different forms of irony in their short stories.  Use examples, quotes, and paraphrases from the stories for support.

Single-story: Examine multiple forms of irony as they are used within one of the stories we have read so far.  Each body paragraph will be an examination of a different form of irony in the same story:

            Body paragraph 1: Situational Irony in  “The Lottery”

            Body paragraph 2: Verbal Irony in “The Lottery”

            Body paragraph 3: Dramatic Irony in “The Lottery”

Multiple-story: Examine one form of irony as it is used across multiple stories.  Each body paragraph will be an examination of the same form of irony in different stories.

            Body paragraph 1: Situational Irony in “The Lottery”

            Body paragraph 2: Situational Irony in “Just Lather, That’s All”

            Body paragraph 3: Situational Irony in “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Grading Criteria:

·        This assignment is worth a MAJOR GRADE (remember, this is where a bulk of your grade comes from—get it in!).

·        Follow MLA format

·        Include rubric with final

·        MUST HAVE DRAFTS TO BE ACCEPTED

·        Draft of body due:

·        Final due: