A study on irony in Janes Austen's novel Emma

Indah, Dewi Rosaria (2004) A study on irony in Janes Austen's novel Emma. Undergraduate thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

Learning literature gives a chance to see the world outside and a mirror to see insight. This study uses a novel by Jane Austen, Emma for she is a great woman novelist with outstanding achievement. She wrote the life around her as it was. Emma is one of her works that presents an ironic fiction. Emma confirms Jane Austen’s achievement as the perfect ironist to make her heroine have experience that makes her behave within a double vision of judgment. Related to that this study tries to find the ironies in Emma and also categorize them into their forms. In the findings of the ironies and categorizing them into their forms, this study includes some theories related to irony which are verbal irony dramatic irony, and situational irony, twist of face irony, and point of view irony. This study is aimed at the findings of ironies that can happen in the relationship of the main character Emma Woodhouse with the other characters. However, this study limits the findings to find the three major ironies which are verbal irony dramatic irony and situational irony. To help the analysis of the novel, the writer used the literary analysis and the intrinsic approach. The writer also used Roberts & Jacobs’ and Perrine’s three major classifications of irony, verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony as a parameter to the findings. From the analysis, the verbal ironies are found in various forms. The characters in the novel use the verbal ironies using comparison, illustration, ambiguity and contrast, and overstatement. They are used to get certain purposes and intentions. Comparison is used to belittle someone and at the same time to get rid off him out of one’s head. Illustration is useful to persuade and to drive someone to do what one wants. Ambiguity can be a means to address someone indirectly and to deceive. Contrast is used to show what one feels because of someone. Overstatement can be used to refuse an idea with deceive reasons. There are four dramatic ironies and four situational ironies found. The dramatic ironies and the situational ironies happen mostly due to misinterpretation self-delusion and blunders of the main character, Emma Woodhouse. Eventually, from the analysis made it can be concluded that verbal irony can be useful to get particular purposes. To find the dramatic irony needs sensitivity to understand sentences and what they imply. And the situational irony reminds that an expectation does not always meet reality. Human traits also give contribution to irony.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Department: ["eprint_fieldopt_department_Faculty of Teacher Training and Education" not defined]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Novel, verbal irony, dramatic irony, situational irony
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > English Education Study Program
Depositing User: EK Lengkonosari PN
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 09:21
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015 09:21
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/3242

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