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Witty Humor - ... Peter McGraw and Caleb Warren explain that for humor to occur there must be a “benign violation”. Essentially, a situation must threaten the listener in some way, perhaps by conflicting with their beliefs, such as personal ethics, behavioral norms, etc., or by seeming physically harmful, whilst remaining innocuous. McGraw and Warren suggest that violations can seem benign if the situation is far removed from the audience so that it does not feel personal, the situation is violating a belief that is not important to the audience, or the situation employs two different beliefs held by the audience that contradict one another....   [tags: Humor ]
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Australian Humor and the Australian Identity - Australian humour is very unique to Australia, and many other cultures find it quite unusual. It can be described as dry, anti-authoritarian, self-mocking, very ironic and as to stretch the boundaries of what is acceptable. Our humour is seen through our use of slang, print cartoons, radio sketches, comedy series’ on television, films, everyday life and in Australian literature. According to the Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus , humour means, “The quality of being funny; the ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous; situations, speech or writings that are humorous”....   [tags: Australia, Humor, ] 1897 words
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The Importance of Humor - Humor is the tendency to look at things from the mirthful or incongruous side. It is the quality that makes something laughable or amusing. Humor is the ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing or comical. It is the source of laughter and the catalyst of smiles. Humor is the spark that lights our eyes as well as the cause of tears that never grows old. Humor is a state of mind. Most of us have a tendency to regard a clever sense of humor as the distinction of a person who is good hearted and friendly, someone people feel at ease with....   [tags: Personal Essays] 354 words
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Definitions for Humor - ... Most of the risks involved deal with the therapist and his or her ability to competently and skillfully integrate humor into therapy as a means of benefiting the client. Both Prerost (1983) and Yonkovitz (1997) agreed that while humor cannot be taught, understanding when its use is appropriate (which can depend on the client’s humor style, the presenting problem, and the therapeutic relationship) must be developed. Gladding (1995) suggested using discretion, as an abundance of humor in therapy can sidetrack or stagnate the client’s growth in therapy....   [tags: Psychology]
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Humor In Advertising - Humor In Advertising Introduction The Budweiser frogs, Orbit gum, and VW commercials are prime examples of how humor is used to sell an idea or product. In these companies humor is the main reason why their commercials have such success. The reason these work so well is that audiences are looking for entertainment and something fresh. Audiences are tired of being bombarded by hundreds of advertisements each day. To catch the attention of a viewer waiting for his or her show to come back on a commercial needs to be entertaining and give the viewer a reason to pay attention....   [tags: Advertisement Commercial Essays]
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The Politics of Humor - THE POLITICS OF COMEDY Is this thing on. In efforts to promote voter education, laughter is perhaps the best strategery. Comedy and tragedy prove one in the same, as the saying goes. The variability of the twosome, however, substantiates rather inconsistently in politics, an arena overflowing with participants who take themselves too seriously. And where a potential candidate attempts to utilize comic relief, one often discovers the result to be rather tragic. In lieu of the consequences politicians may endure with the mere utterance of a poor joke, most tend to stray from the possibility of Meet the Press turned comedy hour....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Irony and Humor - Irony and Humor Two popular writing techniques used by many of the enlightenment’s great were irony and humor. Great writers such as Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere and Francois-Marie Arouet De Voltaire made excellent use of these techniques. With humor, both writers wrote stories which kept their audience involved in funny situations, while with irony the writers were able to explain their underlying messages. Born seventy-two years apart, they are a superb example of how these techniques were carried out over time....   [tags: essays papers] 1692 words
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Kafka's Humor - Kafka's Humor In Franz Kafka's short fiction, "The Metamorphosis", the author was able to skillfully express deep emotions while keeping his readers interested throughout the story. Some may say that the story is sad and horrifying, yet Kafka creatively intertwined humor, which is many times quite ironic, into this seemingly sad story. This gives the reader the opportunity to view the situation from a different angle rather than just to focus on the horrific circumstances that Gregor Samsa, Kafka's protagonist, must go through in "The Metamorphosis." Margaret Church, a critic in contemporary studies explains, "with Kafka we are in the mind of Gregor and are forced to accept this world of Gregor and to recognize it as our own" (189)....   [tags: World Literature] 1390 words
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Creating Humor - Creating Humor Situation comedies strive to create entertaining humour based around a relevant situation. This is done through the exploration of many topics and application of different characteristics on different characters. In order to be successful situation comedies need to exploit the human weakness of humour. Humans are the only species physiologically capable of laughter. We often judge each other and ourselves by what we find funny. Laughter also affects us emotionally acting as a temporary amnesia making us forget or become less aware of our problems....   [tags: Papers] 1358 words
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Humor in The Simpsons - Humor in The Simpsons I and many other millions of people across the world believe that The Simpson’s is the best programme on television because it is funny in more ways then one. The Simpson’s uses the family lifestyle that many American TV shows have used over past (e.g. The Adam’s family, The Flintstones) but The Simpson’s has proved it is a lot more popular because it uses many more different forms of comedy which work with people from all ages. Slapstick comedy is where someone gets hurt and you laugh but if you saw it happen in real life you’d find it sick for example when homer the father strangles his son Bart in many episodes it would be seen as child abuse in real life but you feel its o.k....   [tags: Papers] 627 words
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Humor and Social Competence - ... Researches of Rokach et al., (2004; 2005; 2007; 2008) provide evidences that some cultures and age-groups gave more importance to social loneliness and lesser to emotional loneliness, and vice-versa. One study supporting the works of Rokach et al., (2004; 2005; 2007; 2008) adds up to the evidence that different cultures and age groups have varied perception on loneliness. Seepersad, Choi & Shin (2008) provided this evidence when they found out that the severity of loneliness in qualitative social relationships, specifically in romantic relationships among the Korean young adults and the American young adults significantly varies, with the Americans having greater degrees of "romantic loneliness" and with greater degrees of closeness to their romantic partners inversive to the Koreans (Seepersad, Choi & Shin, 2008)....   [tags: Psychology, Loneliness] 564 words
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Laughing And Sense Of Humor - Laughing and Sense of Humor “What is it that differentiates human beings most revealingly. Some say it is their varying degrees of compassion; others say it is amounts of prudence; still others, people's differing appreciations of beauty, or whatever makes them angry. And there are other possibilities worth considering. But in truth nothing is so revealing as a person's sense of humor.” It is not very hard to notice the many differences between people. There are thousands of things that differentiate us....   [tags: essays research papers] 859 words
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Intercultural Communication Through Humor - ... The NS and L2 also try to contextualize the joke and let people know it is supposed to be funny by adding signals such as laughing or smiling. They found that in these intercultural situations, unintentionally hurtful jokes caused by a misunderstanding are often understood as such and not acknowledged as rude. Bell pointed out that although there are “gaps in the cultural and linguistic knowledge” from both sides of the dialog, the L2 is not necessarily at a disadvantage in the conversation (p.38)....   [tags: Communication ]
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Humor and Healing the Research - ... Attention-laughter draws away attention to aches and pains 2. Relaxation- reduces muscle tension because laughter causes muscle relaxation and is effective when tension exists. (Ex. Anxiety can cause tension in the neck and head muscles and produce a headache 3. Attitude- An individual’s general outlook or attitude toward life is related to pain sensitivity. Positive expectations and the will to recover from illness are not very well understood, but many practitioners report that they appear to be related to pain tolerance....   [tags: Psychology ]
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Sherman Alexie's Humor - ... For instance, when Victor talks about how Thomas gets a lot of money by leasing some of his land, he states that “[w]hen Indians make lots of money from corporations that way, we can all hear our ancestors laughing in the trees. But we never can tell whether they’re laughing at the Indians or the whites” (13). In this example, Victor is doubtful about this satiric and ironic situation. Even though Thomas makes money from the whites, Victor is not sure if it is right for the Indians to make money from the whites that way because allowing the whites to run their poles across the Indian land can cut apart their land and detach Indians from their inheritance and tradition....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Use of Humor in Erdrich's Tracks - Use of Humor in Erdrich's Tracks             An old adage claims that laughter is the best medicine to cure human ailments.  Although this treatment might sound somewhat unorthodox, its value as a remedy can be traced back to ancient times when Hypocrites, in his medical treatise, stressed the importance of  “a gay and cheerful mood on the part of the physician and patient fighting disease” (Bakhtin 67).  Aristotle viewed laughter as man’s quintessential privilege:  “Of all living creatures only man is endowed with laughter” (Bakhtin 68).  In the Middle Ages, laughter was an integral part of folk culture.  “Carnival festivities and the comic spectacles and ritual connected with them had an important place in the life of medieval man” (Bakhtin 5).  During the trauma and devastation of German bombing raids on London during World War II, the stubborn resilience of British humor emerged to sustain the spirit of the people and the courage of the nation.  To laugh, even in the face of death, is a compelling force in the human condition.  Humor, then, has a profound impact on the way human beings experience life.  In Louise Erdrich’s novel Tracks, humor provides powerful medicine as the Chippewa tribe struggles for their physical, spiritual, and cultural survival at the beginning of the twentieth century.  While the ability to approach life with a sense of humor is not unique to any one society, it is an intrinsic quality of Native American life.  “There is, and always has been, humor among Indians ....   [tags: Erdrich Tracks]
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The Humor of Flannery O'Connor - The Humor of Flannery O'Connor Webster's dictionary defines humor as "a quality that appeals to a sense of the ludicrous (laughable and/or ridiculous) or incongruous." Incongruity is the very essence of irony. More specifically, irony is "incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the expected result." Flannery O'Connor's works are masterpieces in the art of literary irony, the laughable and ridiculous. The incongruous situations, ridiculous characters, and feelings of superiority that O'Connor creates make up her shocking and extremely effective, if not disturbing, humor....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 1837 words
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Language Change in Humor Magazines - ... MAD became revolutionary for the widespread of printed comedy. The magazine began as a comic with its legendary lead man, Alfred E. Newman. From there founders Harvey Kurtzman and William Gaines started adding articles which criticized popular trends of the time (Gaines). The kinds of articles Kurtzman and Gaines published were primarily those of politics and other worldly events, but the problem with these kinds of articles was that the language used was unlike that of a comic, so it had to change....   [tags: Language ]
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Franz Kafka's Use of Humor - Franz Kafka's Use of Humor Franz Kafka, born on July 3, 1883 in Bohemia, in the city of Prague, has been recognized as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His works have been called "cloudy, mysterious, inexplicable" (Oates ix). Most people hear the term Kafkan or Kafkaesque and think of dark, fantastic tales with almost no basis in our known reality. But what of Kafka's sense of humor. I personally laughed out loud several times while reading Kafka's Amerika. Were these snippets of humor part of Kafka's plan or mere accidents....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Edgar Allen Poe and Humor - Edgar Allen Poe and Humor Edgar Allen Poe is most often recognized, and certainly most famous, for his poem “The Raven” as well as other decidedly dark and often gothic poems and stories, stories such as “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Telltale Heart” “The Cask of Amontillado.” He also wrote many others mostly involving rather macabre, dark topics and characters as well as heavy themes such as insanity, madness, incest, murder and revenge. While this reputation is certainly well earned there is another side of Poe that is not quite so obvious....   [tags: Edgar Allen Poe Humorous Essays]
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Humor in Chaucer's The Miller's Tale - Humor in Chaucer's The Miller's Tale Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale" should be tragic, because a lot of horrible things happen to the characters. The carpenter's wife is disloyal to him, sleeping with others and making fun of him with Nicholas. Also, he is depicted as a fool. However, readers get a humorous feeling from the story, rather than feeling sorry for the carpenter's unfair life....   [tags: World Literature Chaucer Miller Tale Essays]
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Hamlet's Destructive Humor - Hamlet's Destructive Humor      Humor can be funny and uplifting or cynical and destructive. Hamlet's humor insults every one around him and it's very cynical and leads to his downfall. When Hamlet insults people around him, his remarks are not clearly understood by the people who he is insulting. Hamlet makes Polonius look like a fool when he criticizes him with his words, and Polonius doesn't know that he is being fooled. Hamlet even makes fun of the courtiers particularly Rosencrantz and Guildernstern....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Cynical Humor of Hamlet - The Cynical Humor of Hamlet       A horrible event, such as a death in the family, can cause a cynical outlook on life. “Hamlets' hubris is shown through his cynical humor towards others” (Adelman 164). Hamlet uses humor to escape his cynical reality in regards to Polonius, Ophelia's father, Ophelia his true love, and Gertrude, his mother the queen. These three people help lead Hamlet to his eventual downfall.   Hamlet's conversation with Polonius is a good example of the Prince's cynical humor....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Humor of Lewis Carroll - ... In addition to the connection Carrol creates to standard, accepted mathematics, he also directly criticizes Symbolical Algebra through humor. Pycior believes that “the meaninglessness and arbitrariness of symbolical algebra provide a key to meaninglessness and arbitrariness of Carroll’s underground world.” (Pycior 166) To understand what this association really means, Pycior provides a quote by Augustus De Morgan: We…ask, whether it might not be possible to vary the meaning of signs, as to make an entirely different algebra, which should nevertheless present exactly the same theorems in form as the old one, the forms having different meanings…This may seem something like asking, whether two different languages might have all their words in common, but with different meanings, in such manner that by writing a treatise on astronomy in the first language, we write, totidem verbis, a treatise on music in the second....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Dark Humor of Hamlet - The Dark Humor of Hamlet       Hamlet's black humor is a direct result of too much anger: it leads to the alienation, and finally the death of the people who know him, and eventually causes his own death. First, Hamlet's reaction his mother's marriage right after Old Hamlet's funeral shows that his anger alienates him from his mother. Second, his reaction to Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is his indirect anger to the world, because Hamlet feels that everyone is betraying and using him....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Effective Use of Humor in Hamlet - Effective Use of Humor in Hamlet   The use of humor in a tragic story helps to give the reader a break from the monotony of a depressing story line. “If a story were completely filled with depressing and tragic events, the readers' interest would most definitely be lost”( Bloom 91). William Shakespeare's, Hamlet is based on the tragedy of a murder of the king of Denmark, whose son must revenge his murderer. Therefore it is classified as a tragedy and if humor weren't present in the play it would be very depressing....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Secret of Seinfeld’s Humor - Review: The secret of Seinfeld’s Humor: The significance of the Insignificant The Secret of Seinfeld’s Humor: The significance of the Insignificant, an article written by Jorge Gracia briefly outlines what the author believes to be the origin of the humour with which the popular television show Seinfeld achieved such broad based success. A show that embraced the ordinary of everyday life, while atypically avoiding the mainstay of violence and sex of most of today’s popular visual media and culture....   [tags: essays research papers] 642 words
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Hamlet's Sense of Humor - Hamlet's Sense of Humor     Well aware that several hours of unrelenting angst would be a bit much for his audience to take, William Shakespeare strategically placed several humorous scenes throughout his masterpiece, Hamlet.  In particular, the character of Polonius fills the role of the comic fool; he is in two essential comedic scenes, one with his own children and then one with Hamlet.  Shakespeare's acute ability to weave humor into this very heavy play is noteworthy, as his use of comedy goes beyond merely providing much-needed comic relief.   In fact, the rather numerous comedic scenes serve as a foils to, as well as reflections of, the intense action of the play.   In every case where humor is used in Hamlet, it is juxtaposed with some profound observation on the human condition.  Moreover, in his use of comedy, Shakespeare intensifies, rather than dilutes, the experience of the human tragedy that accompanies it....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Chaucer: Satire And Humor - Chaucer: Satire And Humor Until Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales, he was primarily know for being the writer of love poems, such as The Parliament of Fowls, narratives of doomed passion, and stories of women wronged by their lovers. These works are nothing short of being breath taking, but they do not posses the raw power that the Canterbury Tales do. This unfinished poem, which is about 17,000 lines, is one of the most brilliant works in all of literature. The poem introduces a group of pilgrims journeying from London to the shrine of St....   [tags: English Literature:] 2658 words
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humor race and misunderstanding - Humor, Race and Misunderstanding “Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.” Peter Ustinov In “On Being Crazy”, DuBois defines crazy as behavior based on illogical perceptions. Both the narrator and wayfarer agree that the wayfarer walking in the mud and becoming muddy rather than walk along side a dirty nigger who is clean is crazy. DuBois illustrates that society prefers to cut off its nose to spite its face instead of fixing the nose. Twain builds much of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in the same manner....   [tags: essays research papers] 794 words
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An Analytical Essay on the Humor in Hamlet - An Analytical Essay on the Humor in Hamlet   Humor was added to Hamlet by two major scenes, along with Hamlet's use of his antic-disposition. These two were: the scene between Hamlet and Polonius in the library, and the scene with the grave diggers (the clowns).   The scene between Hamlet and Polonius took place in Act II Scene 2. In Hamlet's first encounter with Polonius, he immediately insulted the old man by calling him a "fishmonger". He then quickly changed his opinion and complemented Polonius by calling him an honest man....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet 123 Help Me] 756 words
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Humor as a Form of Cultural Expression - Humor as a Form of Cultural Expression How can one look at a culture and understand its origins, its values, its accomplishments and failures. Through art, poetry, or other literary, or scientific advances. Maybe even in its political standpoints. All of these methods are acceptable. There is one I did not mention in the above list however. It can be considered trivial by some, but I think it is also important. Perhaps we can understand a culture by its humor. Even on the surface the jokes of a country generally reflect its habitat, attitude, and its people....   [tags: Culture] 1268 words
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The Filipino Sense of Humor - The Filipino Sense of Humor Text Box: ERAP ON THE PHONE: Erap: Hello, I will like to inquire how long is the flight to San Francisco. Operator: Just a minute sir… Erap: Thank you. (klik) To joke is to tell a story or short series of words spoken or communicated with the intent of being laughed at or found humorous by the listener or reader. Here is an example: Everyday in the Philippines (or anywhere in the world where Filipinos dwell), one can hear different types of jokes....   [tags: Papers] 791 words
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Humor of South Park - ... They are also unnatural and present the question of where they originated. Additionally, man-animal hybrid monsters are scary because they imply that a human can become part animal. This is, it may be possible, either willingly or unwillingly, to become a man-animal hybrid. Al Gore additionally states in that Manbearpig “roams the earth alone” (South Park). This is further intended to make Manbearpig seem scary. Solidarity and loneliness are attributes of many other monsters in literature. Grendel in the epic poem Beowulf, for example, also travels by himself....   [tags: TV Review] 1985 words
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Use of Humor in Romeo and Juliet - Use of Humor in Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. One, could give many reasons as to why this play became such a huge success, but one of the most important reasons could be the use of humour in the play. The main reason for doing this could be to relieve the tensions in the play, and to entertain and keep the Elizabethan audience interested. Humour plays a very significant part in the play as it allows Shakespeare to create a lot of contrasts and moods, as and when he wants to....   [tags: Romeo Juliet Essays] 1101 words
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Humor in Assemblywomen by Aristophanes - Humor in Assemblywomen by Aristophanes Assemblywomen, by Aristophanes, posits a system in which the institution for the transfer of wealth within a patrimonial line is subverted by a system that closely resembles the ordering of a Greek household. In Assemblywomen, the women take power and redesign the social mechanisms. Although the Assemblywomen radically change some elements of the Greek social institution, such as private property and sexual limitation, the women remain, although in an expanded form, within the structure of a household....   [tags: Assemblywomen Aristophanes Essays] 1150 words
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The Humor of Little Britain - The Humor of Little Britain The creators are Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who play most of the characters. Matt Lucas is better known as George Dawes from Shooting Stars (the bald, fat baby!). He began his career doing stand-up at eighteen as the character Sir Bernard Chumley, who also appears in Little Britain (the creepy old man with the disabled sister!). He's certainly had lots of experience, and has written for Da Ali G Show, as well as The Guardian newspaper and Attitude (a gay magazine)....   [tags: Papers] 491 words
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Humor in A Tour of the Cages and The Beano - Humor in A Tour of the Cages and The Beano Two texts which have created humour are; ‘A tour of the Cages’ and ‘The Beano.’ A tour of the Cages was a humuorous piece written in the 1950’s for children. The full heading reads, ‘A tour of the Cages or Masters One by One’, already the title gives the reader the impression of a zoo or animals, which is to be related somehow to school life. The text is about private schools and stereotypes hippies. The basic meaning of the humour insertion in this text is that the pupil who is trying to mock the teacher or the school, is really exposing himself, exposing his own need for image....   [tags: Papers] 693 words
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The True Face of Lowbrow Humor - ... Moreover, Chaucer juxtaposes the Knight’s noble tale with the Miller’s lewd tale to reassert the Miller’s “low-born” perspective (1719). Verifying these expectations, the Miller intentionally calls Nicholas “hendë,” a word which means not only “ready to hand” but also a person who grasps women, since Nicholas “held [Alison] by the haunches,” an action which illustrates the Miller’s coarse nature (1721). The Miller’s application of wit is playful and for the purpose of entertainment. In calling his tale of lusty escapades “noble,” the Miller mocks the Knight’s tale of courtly love (1718)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Miller's Tale] 741 words
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Humor in Task-Oriented Group Discussions - Robinson, Dawn T., Smith-Lovin, Lynn. (2001). Getting A Laugh: Gender, Status, and Humor in Task Discussions*. Social Forces, 80, 123-158. Background and Purpose: The general purpose of this study is to show how humor operates in task-oriented group discussions. The researchers used the opportunity to study the dynamic occurence of humor during group conversations. The researchers are using the functions of humor to come up with ideals about who it is that actually does the joking (male or female), and when and where this joking takes place....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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The Use of Humor in the Writings of Mark Twain - ... One example of Twain’s use of humor in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is when Huck says: Then I thought a minute, and says to myself, hold on; s’pose you’d’a’done right and give Jim up, would you felt better than what you do now. No, says I, I’d feel bad – I’d feel just the same way I do now. Well, then, says I, what’s the use you learning to do right when it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same. I was stuck. (Twain, 91) This small excerpt shows Twain’s play on innocence, with Huck trying to reason with himself between what he believes is right and what is wrong....   [tags: American Literature ]
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Black Humor in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle - Black Humor in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle       The phrase Black Humor has the broad meaning of poking "fun at subjects considered deadly serious or even taboo by some"2. This definition is simple, and yet embodies an important idea that is often lost in more complex definitions: the idea that Black Humor can actually be "fun", and provoke laughter. This is not, of course, the only important aspect of the term, and I shall explore some of the other important defining features of Black Humor before moving on to discuss its use in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle3....   [tags: Cat's Cradle Essays]
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Defining Different Types of Comedy and Humor - Have you ever noticed how some things can seem very simple, but in fact, are quite complex under further analysis. A great example of this is music. What do you think of when you hear the word music. Do you think of that hot new hit by your favorite artists such as Fall Out Boy, Lil Wayne, or Katy Perry. On the other hand, maybe you think of some old geezers playing violins and actual instruments in an orchestra. Maybe music isn’t as simple as you thought. There is rhythm, tempo, meter, sound, dynamics, harmonies, keys, time, and a whole lot more....   [tags: classification, definition] 895 words
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Humor White's Once and Future King - Incomplete Essay Humor in Literature Humor is an element that authors use to captivate the reader into wanting to know more of the story. Humor lightens things up in a novel and gives it the feeling of not being boring and more easily related to what readers are used to seeing. T.H. White is taking the intellectual side of comedy and applying it to The Once and Future King. White uses his tone of dramatic irony to give the reader a sense of humor in a subject that isn’t typically humorous. Throughout the novel we know something that the characters do not, one of the bigger things being Wart’s future, becoming King Arthur....   [tags: T. H. White] 451 words
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A Look at Humor, Laughter, Tickling, and the Brain - A Look at Humor, Laughter, Tickling, and the Brain Everybody smiles and laughs at some time or another. The first laughter appears at about 3.5 to 4 months of age (8)., way before we are able to speak. The average adult laughs 17 times a day (4). Even monkeys and apes have some facial expressions that are similar to human smiles. But really, why do we laugh. Why are we not able to tickle ourselves. What part of the brain is responsible for laughter and humor. Why do we say some people have no sense of humor....   [tags: Neurology Psychology Papers]
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Emily Dickinson's Use of Humor and Irony - Emily Dickinson's Use of Humor and Irony While much of Emily Dickinson's poetry has been described as sad or morose, the poetess did use humor and irony in many of her poems. This essay will address the humor and/ or irony found in five of Dickinson's poems: "Faith" is a Fine Invention, I'm Nobody. Who are you?, Some keep the Sabbath Going to Church and Success Is Counted Sweetest. The attempt will be made to show how Dickinson used humor and / or irony for the dual purposes of comic relief and to stress an idea or conclusion about her life and environment expressed by the poetess in the respective poem....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poem Poetry] 1318 words
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