I was trying to explain irony to my baby cousin. This is all I could come up with:
An ironic statement is a statement which expresses a differing or often opposite literal meaning to what the statement is expressing.
"Yolo" muttered Lord Voldemort as he split his soul into seven Horcruxes therefore gaining what he thought to be immortality. Unfortunately he was later proved to be wrong.
This example contains not one, BUT TWO whole layers of irony. The first being that Lord Voldemort would use the phrase ‘yolo’. He uses the phrase in what appears to be a steeling of nerves before performing the complex and dangerous spell. The irony here is that he does not desire to ‘yolo’ he desires to yol7.
The second layer of irony is in the second sentence. This is a more complex form of irony which emerges from the fact that the speaker (Lord Voldemort) confirms imortality - making this the actuality - but he is ‘proved wrong’ meaning the actuality becomes irony.#English Lessons With Chriss