I read what it says on irony, but I still don't get it.

Is "But in the days before we left, when there was so much confusion and mayhem, worse than a hog killing." irony?

I don't see the irony in just that sentence -- just very descriptive comparison. Maybe, in order to understand the irony, the entire paragraph or passage needs to be considered.

Or maybe one has to have witnessed a hog killing (yuck) to understand it.

An example might be:

"Jim cheated to win the desired prize, but found that all it did was increase his discontent."

The irony is that he wanted the prize so much that he cheated, but it didn't give him the satisfaction he desired.

Others might be:

"We get so soon old and yet so late smart."

We want to get smart, but don't want to be old — older maybe, but not old.

"How come I can only get peace and quiet when I start yelling?"

The only way quiet can be obtained is by making more noise.

I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

To determine if the sentence "But in the days before we left, when there was so much confusion and mayhem, worse than a hog killing" contains irony, it would be helpful to analyze the context and the tone of the sentence. Irony is a literary device that involves a contrast between what is expected and what actually happens or is said.

In this particular sentence, there is a comparison made between the confusion and mayhem and a hog killing. The phrase "worse than a hog killing" suggests that the situation described was exceptionally chaotic and unpleasant. However, without further context, it is difficult to determine if this sentence is specifically intended to be ironic. Irony often relies on a certain degree of subtlety and the context in which it is used.

In general, to identify irony in a sentence or passage, it is important to pay attention to the speaker's words, the context, and the overall tone. Irony relies on a gap between what is expected and what is actually expressed, so it can sometimes be subtle and require a bit of analysis to fully grasp.

However, it is worth noting that understanding irony is subjective to some extent, and different people may interpret it differently based on their background knowledge and perspective. Therefore, it is indeed possible that a deeper understanding of the entire paragraph or passage may provide more clarity on whether or not irony is present.