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In a literary work, what is irony? A. An explanation of an event that took place before the story begins B. An element in a story that evokes pity or compassion for the characters C. The underlying reason a tragic hero causes a tragedy to happen D. A situation in which the outcome of events contradicts what is expected irony - the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect:

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