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The Possibility of Evil Content Vocabulary

Verbal Irony

This clip shows an example of sarcasm, which is type of verbal irony.

What is verbal irony?

This video will help you expand on what exactly verbal irony is.

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Verbal Irony in "The Possibility of Evil"

When Miss Strangeworth exclaims to Helen Crane, "Nonsense. All babies are different. Some of them develop much more quickly than others" (Jackson, 251). This is an example of verbal irony because Miss Strangeworth doesn't mean what she says at all and this is proven when she writes in a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Crane saying, "Didn't you ever see an idiot child before? Some people just shouldn't have children, should they?" (Jackson, 252).

Situational irony

This video will help you expand on what situational irony is.

(Situational irony) Spongebob doesn't get promoted

This is an example of situational irony because Spongebob not becoming manager is in contrary of what was expected.

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Situational irony in "The Possibility of Evil"

"Miss Chandler, the librarian, and Linda Stewart's parents would have gone unsuspectingly ahead with their lives, never aware of the possible evil lurking nearby, if Miss Strangeworth had not sent letters to open their eyes (Jackson, 253)."
This is an example of situational irony because Miss Strangeworth believes that she is ridding the town of evil while in reality she is the cause of it; the letters that she writes bring and influence evil in the town. This example of situational irony has a considerable effect on the readers because it reveals a lot about Miss Strangeworth's attitude and character. It shows that Miss Strangeworth believes that she is always right and narrow-minded due to how she is unaware of how the town is reacting to her letters.

Dramatic Irony

This video will help you expand on what dramatic irony is.

Dramatic Irony

This clip shows an example of dramatic irony. At the beginning of the movie, a woman tells everyone to be quite, even though she is the only one talking.

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Dramatic Irony in "The Possibility of Evil"

That we, as readers, know that the letters are sent by Miss Strangeworth --who appears caring, loving, and venerable to the people of the town, that they carry evil to the town people though Miss Strangeworth isn't aware of this, and that Miss Strangeworth believes that what she's doing is right and shouldn't be punished for, whereas it is evil and should actually be penalized.

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Theme in "The Possibility of Evil"

One of the theme of this short story is "Looks can be deceiving." Miss Strangeworth looked like an innocent old lady who was just proud of her town but she had a dark secret underneath all of that. No one would have expected her to write those letters. No one really knew that she had a big secret because in the beginning of the story, it just seems like an average town rather than a place with evil. I didn't even imagine her writing the letters in the beginning.

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Theme

Theme

This video will help you better understand what theme means and how to use it in context of a short story.

Identifying Theme

This video will help you identify theme in a short story. In addition, it will help you understand how to apply theme to your everyday life.