Irony is a broad term referring to the recognition of a reality different from appearance. Irony is an important device used in satire. (A Handbook to Literature)
Irony Writing Exercise
Choose a scene from a work you are currently revising. What does your main character within the scene want, really want, would do anything to get? Now, revise the scene so that the character gets what s/he wants but not in the way s/he expected.
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