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Written by Micola Magdalena
At the beginning of the play, after hearing about Bertrand’s departure, Helen speaks with another man at the court called Parolles about the man she loves. But their conversation is filled with sexual references and it suggests that a relationship should be built on sexual contact between a man and a woman and not on feelings. The conversation is rather ironic considering hos both Bertrand and Helen are typical romantic heroes, characters controlled by their emotions and not by their desires.
Not so honorable
Bertrand is portrayed in the beginning of the novel as being the epitome of manliness and the perfect hero. Helen trusts him to do the right thing and she doesn’t question whether he would marry her or not. Helen sees Bertram as being honorable and because of this his refusal to marry her is ironic, especially considering the reason he gave for refusing her.
The trickster who got played
Bertram is bent on getting Diana in his bed, no matter the costs. He plans ways to convince her and doesn’t take into consideration a possible failure. Seeing how Bertram is so sure that he will fool Diana into sleeping with him, it is ironic to see that the person who was tricked in the end was him, with both Diana and Helena working against him.
Can't tell them apart
Bertram is keen on getting Diana into his bed and yet keeping his lawful wife as far away from his as possible. Because of this, his inability to tell Diana and Helena apart is ironic because it suggests that men in general, despite boasting about their ability to tell one woman apart from the other, they are in fact anything but such and they are controlled more by their carnal desires and less by their intellect.
The one who always supports Bertram and who sees him as being incapable of making mistakes is his mother, the Countess. Because of this, it is shocking to see that in the end, even his mother forsaken him and sends a letter to his commanders in the army, revealing how Bertram treated his wife. The situation is seen as being ironic even by the people around Bertram and he is ashamed when the situation is revealed to his comrades.
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