Irony is an event that is naturally bound to happen. The characters might be so wrapped up in a situation while being oblivious to the true reality. In literature, irony was originally used in Greek tragedy-the audiences had suspicions of what was bound to happen but the character was unaware. We are aware, or discover irony as the plot continues to develop in any story. Irony is used to stress the inevitable nature of reality or the contrast between an ideal and actual condition. Often irony is misinterpreted for sarcasm. Within irony the storyline unravels within natures anticipated course; sarcasm maybe be appropriate in certain situations but is created for cruel intentions. Irony is not only found in reading, but in my own personal life as well. Occasionally, irony comes my way-weather its beneficial to me or has an unwanted negative impact on my life.
Oedipus the King is a very tragic story. Oedipus is a high and mighty king with no worries what so ever. In his mind and his believes, he has created this amazing life and has become a hero and a king amongst his people. Oedipus has escaped a nightmare curse that was laid upon him at birth. He ran away from all the horrifying prophecies: marring his own mother; breed children with her; to kill his own father. After he arrived to Thebes, he married Queen Iocastê and had children with her. Years ago King Laïos was killed, now Oedipus is trying to find his murderer. He questions everyone in the village, punishing and threatening those who do not speak what they know. When he was asking the blind Teiresias, he was full of anger. Teiresias told Oedipus, "I say you live in hideous shame with those most dear to you. You can not see the evil" (Sophocles 1216). The king's anger grew deeper turning the blind eye to this old mans words. As Oedipus was telling the blind wizard to leave, Teiresias also said: "Listen to me, you mock my blindness, do you? But i say that you, with both your eyes, are blind: You can not see the wretchedness of your life, nor in whose house you live, no, nor with whom.