Writing

Writing 101: What Is Situational Irony? Learn About Situational Irony in Literature With Examples

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 22, 2021 • 3 min read

Irony: it’s clear as mud. Theorists quibble about the margins of what constitutes irony, but situational irony is all around us—from humorous news headlines to the shock twists in a book or TV show. This type of irony is all about the gap between our expectations and reality, and it can make a memorable and powerful impression when we encounter it.