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    Conveying Irony

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Darkhorse, Mar 25, 2013.

    Anyone got any tips on how to convey irony?

    I am trying to convey irony in the following excerpt. I was wondering what would be the best way of doing this? I was considering using Italics to stress certain words, but I am unsure which words to place the stress on.

    Some context: The reader knows that John prefers the concrete jungle of the city to the oppressive space of the country.
    ^ Not how I phrased it in my work, but it gets the point across succinctly.


     
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    Thinking about how this would sound when spoken, I would think the emphasis should be on "big, wide". Especially "wide".
     
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    You don't need the italics. If the reader already knows that John prefers the city, the meaning of the sentence, all on it's own shows that either John doesn't mean it, or is somehow being ironic.
     

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