Henrik Ibsen has not beaten around the bush in this novel. He has made an obvious argument about dangers and pitfalls of Victorian society and what damages it could cause to an individual–women in particular. Miserable Hedda, ends her life because she is unable to take further repression. You can notice a little use of sardonic humor, regarding societal mores. The characters like Barak and Hedda do not follow typical Victorian values, as Barak tries to make an affair with leading role, Hedda and she tries to manipulate a man into taking a drink. Their attitudes appear to reflect of playwright, who mocks such values. Hedda does not care, and plays along with him, and secretly ridiculing at the system. So, yes its tone is pointed and wry especially regarding Victorian standards.