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Irony in Iliad

Irony Examples in Iliad:


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"Surely Jove has granted you the prayer you made him..."   (Book XVIII)

This passage highlights the irony in Achilles's struggle. He is devastated over the death of Patroclus, but he himself prayed that the Achaeans would suffer without his participation. His prayer has been granted, but not in the way he’d expected or hoped.

"Even though he escape the horrors of this woeful war with the Achaeans, yet shall his life henceforth be one of labour and sorrow..."   (Book XXII)

Astyanax will actually die shortly after Troy falls, which makes this statement by Andromache a sadly ironic one.

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