How is humor brought out in the play The Bear by Anton Checkov?

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The two primary sources of humor in Anton Checkov’s one-act play The Bear are situational irony and hyperbolic wordplay.

Situational irony is when an audience has the reasonable expectation that something will occur, but their expectations are upended. Audiences often find situational irony humorous because it is surprising. In Chekhov's comedy, the recently widowed Elena Popova is accosted in her home by Grigory Smirnov, a landowner and a creditor to her late husband. When Smirnov demands 1200 rubles from Popova, she responds angrily and orders him to leave. When...

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