We know that the band players should be taking care of themselves before the White Star liner goes down rather than standing there playing music for the people walking by. Aside from dramatic irony, there is a great display of situational irony as well. The shock of the collision had been so slight that some were not awakened by it; the Titanic was so huge that she must be unsinkable; the night was too calm and beautiful to think of death at sea.
A woman was quoted saying, “Save me, save me! ” which is ironic because it’s obvious that only she can save herself at the point in time. Overall, irony was effectively used throughout Hanson’s story. Dramatic irony made it interesting because the reader knew something very significant that the characters did not. Situational irony caught the reader’s attention because the exact opposite of what was expected to happen happened.