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