The boys try to flush Ralph out by setting fire to the island. Knowing how the novel ends, what type of irony is illustrated by this event? Explain your reasoning.
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Answered by Aslan
Knowing how the novel ends makes this dramatic or tragic irony. We know something that the characters do not. It is situational irony that burning down the island, which means imminent death for the boys, actually saves them by attracting a ship.