Verbal Irony is when words express something that is contrary to truth, or when someone says the opposite of what they really feel or mean.
Verbal irony is often sarcastic.
an example would be "Oh i would just LOVE if you dropped this chair on my foot"
Verbal irony is when what is said is the opposite of the literal meaning.
1. Sarcasm. In sarcasm, the speaker says the opposite of what he or she means in order to show contempt or mock. The speaker's tone may vary, so it is important to try many different 'voices' when reading. Not all sarcasm is delivered rudely or angrily, some is more light-hearted and can even sound friendly.
2. Overstatement or exaggeration. A really good example of this (and one that you have probably heard) is misusing the word 'literally.' Many people use 'literally' in conversation, such as, 'I literally died.' Well if you're alive to say this, then no you did not. This kind of exaggeration is another example of verbal irony.
3. An understatement. This is when a person minimizes something, making it seem less important than it really is. A good example of this that you've probably heard is 'no big deal.' This is usually following a description of a great feat, such as, 'I just wrote a 10-page paper in two hours. No big deal.'
Verbal irony is when a speaker says something when he or she means another thing. It is mistakenly known as sarcasm. Sarcasm, however, connotes a little bit of a mean twist or a derogatory statement.
Explanation: Verbal irony can be for example when after a hard day at work in which everything went wrong you say: What a great day¡
Verbal irony is when someone says something but it really means the opposite. It is very often sarcastic, but it can be an overstatement or understatement.
Example: soft like concrete, clear like mud, relaxed like a coiled rattlesnake
or in Act III of Scene V, of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is irritated by her father’s decision to hand her over in marriage to Paris whom she does not love instead of Romeo whom she adores. She decides that she will marry Romeo and expresses her desire to her mother ironically; saying that she was not going to marry yet, but when she will marry it will be to Romeo whom she hates, and not Paris.
or in the Shrek movie, there are spats between Shrek and a donkey in which the donkey asks Shrek for accommodation. Shrek accepts by saying, “Of course!” Yet when the donkey responds by asking, “Really?” Shrek denies ever accepting.
or "I love you like a heart attack. "
write a five paragraph essay, you were taught to have three body paragraphs. a university essay is more flexible than that, depending on its length and on what it is trying to say. a short university essay may have three body paragraphs, but it may have more.
i have learned a great many things from participating in varsity football. it has changed my entire outlook on and attitude toward life. before my freshman year at [high-school], i was shy, had low self-esteem and turned away from seemingly impossible challenges. football has altered all of these qualities. on the first day of freshman practice, the team warmed up with a game of touch football. the players were split up and the game began. however, during the game, i noticed that i didn't run as hard as i could, nor did i try to evade my defender and get open. the fact of the matter is that i really did not want to be thrown the ball. i didn't want to be the one at fault if i dropped the ball and the play didn't succeed. i did not want the responsibility of the team because i was too afraid of making a mistake. that aspect of my character led the first years of my high school life. i refrained from asking questions in class, afraid they might be considered too stupid or dumb by my classmates. all the while, i went to practice and everyday, i went home physically and mentally exhausted.
yet my apprehension prevailed as i continued to fear getting put in the game in case another player was injured. i was still afraid of making mistakes and getting blamed by screaming coaches and angry teammates. sometimes these fears came true. during my sophomore season, my position at backup guard led me to play in the varsity games on many occasions. on such occasions, i often made mistakes. most of the time the mistakes were not significant; they rarely changed the outcome of a play. yet i received a thorough verbal lashing at practice for the mistakes i had made. these occurrences only compounded my fears of playing. however, i did not always make mistakes. sometimes i made great plays, for which i was congratulated. now, as i dawn on my senior year of football and am faced with two starting positions, i feel like a changed person.
over the years, playing football has taught me what it takes to succeed. from months of tough practices, i have gained a hard work ethic. from my coaches and fellow teammates, i have learned to work well with others in a group, as it is necessary to cooperate with teammates on the playing field. but most important, i have also gained self-confidence. if i fail, it doesn't matter if they mock or ridicule me; i'll just try again and do it better. i realize that it is necessary to risk failure in order to gain success. the coaches have always said before games that nothing is impossible; i know that now. now, i welcome the challenge. whether i succeed or fail is irrelevant; it is only important that i have tried and tested myself.
the topic of this essay is how the applicant has matured and changed since his freshman year. he focuses on football. one of the strengths of this essay is that it is well organized. the applicant clearly put time into the structure and planning of this essay. he uses the platform of football to discuss and demonstrate his personal growth and development through the high school years. what he could have done better was spend more time describing himself after he made improvements. as it is, he only tells us about his newfound confidence and drive. this essay would have been stronger had he actually shown us, perhaps by including a story or describing an event where his confidence made a difference
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