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Literary Analysis The Bottle Imp On Irony

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It’s pretty funny that Keawe got Kokua with the help of the Imp, lost her, and regained her with the help of the Imp. It was an ongoing cycle for quite sometime but at the end it was the Imp who almost caused him to lose her for eternity. As a lost man he figured that material things would fill his craving of being wealthy yet it was love that made him feel like the richest man alive. The way he got both of those was through the Imp yet it was the Imp who made them dread having the possessed material.Temptation causes one to lose the morals that he thought would magnify them--this theme alone aids the situational irony throughout the short story “The Bottle Imp.”
“The Bottle Imp” makes love look almost ignorant. Although feelings may be stronger in this case one can suppose anyone that wasn’t blinded by love would find a way to sell it to someone else rather than themselves. “‘Never tell me,” said she; “no man can be lost because he loved Kokua and no other fault. I tell you, Keawe, I shall save you with these hands, or perish in your company. What! you loved me, and gave your soul, and you think I will not die to save you in return?” (stevenson, 8): “Love blinds all.” That’s how one would refer to this because you would think that instead of lowering their chances of losing one of them eternally they would have been sneak or try to find a way around it. Instead of her selling her soul to a lamp she should've looked for someone who would gladly take it instead. “My wife has the bottle,” said Keawe, “and, unless you help me recover it, there can be no more money and no more liquor to-night.” Again, Keawe was going to repurchase it in order to save his wife from saving him from gaining her. You’d think that they’d get a clue that neither is going to let the other go to hell, so they should’ve just sat down and thought of a plan instead of going behind eachothers back.
It’s an ongoing cycle, and I mean it wouldn’t be a big deal other than the fact that the more you purchase the lower the price goes, and as the price drops you have to purchase it in smallers coins. Traditionally the last amount is one cent thank goodness for other countries having smaller amounts or else they’d never would’ve recovered from their foolish mistake. “[But it cannot be sold at all, unless sold at a loss. If you sell it for as much for it, back it comes to you again like a homing pigeon.” (stevenson, 2) You see this was stated when Keawe first received the bottle, therefore being warned. It boggles my head how they lowered the value getting it not to mention that there was a middleman involved in every occasion thus the price lowering by the double. “but, then, there is France; they have a small coin there which they call a centime, and these go five to the cent or there-about.” (8) So if they were both aware of the lowering of the price wouldn’t think that “hey maybe we should stop getting closer to the deadline?”
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