Oliver Albert Matikainen, Rikke Jonasson Dalum, Natasha Engelbrecht Nielsen, Sebastian Winkler, Mikkel Askholm Buer Toldam, Sonny Mike Olsen & Thomas Laumark Hansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project revolves around the novel En dråbe i havet by Kirsten Hammann, and the way the au-thor utilizes irony to get her point across. It is based on an understanding of irony, which finds it roots in the way we communicate certain subjects. We have chosen to analyze this book based on theories from Wayne C. Booth and Matthew Stratton. As a contrast to the irony-based analyze, we are also including the idea of living a happy life, and what it means in today’s society. Here we are focusing on the stoic way of life, according to Sene-ca. The main question in this project is: How does Kirsten Hammann, through her book En dråbe i ha-vet, challenge our idea of living a happy life, and how does she communicate this through the use irony? Based on our analysis and discussion of the book and its subjects, we have concluded several things. When we are confronted with the irony in the novel a mirror is put in front of us, which chal-lenges us to reflect on our own selves. This reflection is shown through the unstable irony, where it is up to the reader to base opinions about the different ironic situations. The irony points out some tendencies in our society and in ourselves as well, that are less than flattering. This causes further self-reflection and challenges our idea of how to live a happy life. Through stoicism, we can conclude that Mette is not happy, because she is living a life that is not in accordance with her own nature.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato29 jan. 2016


  • #fedforside
  • Litterature
  • Kirsten Hammann
  • The Happy Life
  • Irony
  • Matthew Stratton
  • Society
  • Wayne C. Booth
  • Stoicism