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Analysis of Irony in A Dolls House All scenes of this play take place in the late 1800s home of one of the main characters Torvald Helmer Written by Henrik Ibsen A Dolls House contains many instances of irony The main characters Nora and Torvald are especially involved in this Many of the examples of irony in this play are types of dramatic irony Dramatic irony usually refers to a situation in a play wherein a characters knowledge is limited and he or she encounters something of greater significance than he or she knows Throughout the play most of the dramatic irony displayed is between Nora and Torvald with Torvald being the character whose knowledge is limited Early on in the play when Mr Krogstad is threatening to tell Torvald of Noras secret Nora pleads with him and asks him not to She says to him that It would be a rotten shame That secret is all my pride and joy why should he have to hear about it in this nasty horrid wayhear about it from you 1431 This is ironic in that her pride and joy is something that her husband would completely disapprove of Torvald tells Nora No debts Never borrow Theres something inhibited something unpleasant about a home built on credit and borrowed money 1415 But nevertheless she has borrowed money and it is her pride and joy She takes pride in the fact that she was able to borrow money since women are not supposed to be able to and that she has been able to save and work for enough money to be able to make the payments on her loan What makes it even more joyful
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