Sunday, November 23, 2014

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” (, 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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