The Marriage of Figaro Irony

The Marriage of Figaro Irony

Figaro's Mother

Marceline is in love with Figaro but he does not reciprocate. The irony of this is it is Marceline who enables him to get married to another woman, Suzanne, by marrying his father, Doctor Bartholo, when she realizes that Figaro is actually the son she gave up when he was born.

The Count's Feelings Towards Rosine

The Count spends the majority of the play trying to convince Suzanne to have an affair with him, showing that he is definitely not devoted to his wife. However, when he thinks Rosine is interested in another man he suddenly rediscovers his love for and interest in her.

Suzanne's Pin

Figaro is the character who comes up with most of the schemes and trickery, and he devises the plan to make the Count believe that Suzanne is going to have an affair with him. However when he is given the pin that she wears that she had sealed the letter to the count with, he totally forgets that he was the creator of the plan and starts to believe that she is genuinely considering having an affair with the Count.

Marceline and Doctor Bartholo's Marriage

Figaro is illegitimate because when he was born the doctor refused to marry Marceline. The irony in this situation is that they end up marrying now that Figaro is a grown man, and Marceline wins his hand in marriage anyway.

Corresponding Via Manuscript

When the Count was trying to woo Rosine they communicated by writing messages to each other on music manuscripts. Ironically this is a trick that works on him a second time, but the sender is not Rosine but Suzanne, trying to make it appear that she is interested in having an affair with him.

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