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Humour and Verbal Irony in G. B. Shaw’s John Bull’s Other Island
Humour and Verbal Irony in G. B. Shaw’s John Bull’s Other Island

Author(s): Zsuzsanna Ajtony
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: ethnic identity; verbal irony; stereotypes; reversal; Shaw

Summary/Abstract: Relying on theories of irony relevant to our study, this paper investigates the humorous and ironic exchanges among the different ethnicity characters in the Shavian play John Bull’s Other Island, focusing especially on the verbal encounters between the different ethnicity characters: the English protagonist Broadbent and the Irish one, Larry Doyle, but also on the sarcastic remarks of Father Keegan. The conversations that take place both in the English and the Irish milieu foreground the characters’ real intentions and behavioural patterns. The findings of this paper also support our earlier assumption that through the two ambiguous ethnic stereotypes manifested here reversed roles are displayed.

  • Issue Year: 2/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 246-258
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English