The Gift of the Magi, The Necklace, and Situational Irony Composition



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The Gift of the Magi, The Necklace, and Situational Irony Composition
Spring Break 2015 English 9 Mrs. Russo

Both O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” and Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” use situational irony and surprise endings to entertain, surprise, and enlighten their readers. These stories both place into perspective how situational irony defies expectations while still logically bringing the readers to a surprise ending that makes sense and is interesting.

In a well-developed, five paragraph essay: discuss situational irony, provide examples of situational irony throughout both of these short stories by using examples, quotations and details from the text, and lastly to compare and contrast both of these stories. You essay must have an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Remember: Do not begin your essay with a question or definition, avoid using the words I or me, and make sure you explain the significance of all the quotes and examples you choose to use.

Writing Template:

You may follow this template if it makes it easier for you to complete your essay:

Introduction: Provide a hook/topic sentence (interesting statement to pull in your reader) about situational irony and surprise endings to garner interest.

next introduce the author’s and stories with brief sentences,

then explain what situational irony is,

last provide a thesis statement that informs your audience about what you plan to focus on throughout your essay.

Thesis statement sample: “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Necklace” are both similar to each other because they both ______________, ______________, and _______________, and they are different from each other because of ____________ and _______________.

3 Body Paragraphs: Each of your body paragraphs should contain: a topic sentence, at least one quote (remember to ICE), and at LEAST 2 supporting details that support your thesis and logically represent the main concepts of the stories.

One way you can organize your body paragraphs is by:

1st body paragraph: Focus on the instances of situational irony. How were the stories ironic? What took place throughout them that helped the authors logically create surprise endings? What supporting details did the authors use to convey these ideas (descriptions of relationships, love of certain possessions, etc….)

2nd Body Paragraph: Comparisons: How are each of these stories similar? We know each one uses situational irony, but what else makes them comparable? Are their financial situations similar? What about their relationships? How are their relationships alike?

3rd Body Paragraph: Contrast/Differences: How are these stories different? For starters, we know one takes place in France and the other in NYC. How are the relationships different? How is the plot different?

Conclusion: Thesis statement restated in a slightly different way

—summarize the main ideas of your essay

—explain why situational irony enhances (makes it better) the ending of a story.

--apply the wisdom learned throughout the stories to real life



--leave your reader with one last powerful thought about the stories.

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