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Witty Humor - I am not funny. If you were to ask my friends, they would inform you that I am only funny when I am not trying to be, as in the times when I trip and fall (which happens more often than I would like) or perform some other unintentional folly. If you were to ask someone else who doesn’t know me well, I am certain that “awkward” or “quiet” would be the words chosen to describe me far more often than “hilarious”. When I do try to be funny, I am generally aware that my jokes are bad; I rely on corniness and silly mannerisms rather than wit to elicit laughter....   [tags: Humor ]
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Therapeutic Use of Humor Description - The therapeutic use of humor can be loosely defined as any activities that use the positive emotional responses associated with humor, smiling and laughter to specifically benefit one or more clients’ social, emotional, physical, cognitive or wellness domains. Using humor, therapeutically, involves establishing specific desired outcomes for a client which are facilitated by the use of humor and related techniques. Dattilo & McKenney, (2011) define the therapeutic use of humor when “specialists and others use humor in practice, they play for it to lead to specific therapeutic outcomes”....   [tags: humor, therapeutic recreation, clowns]
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Understanding Concepts of Humor - A good way that people describe a society would have to be through satirical devices. Voltaire is one of those many authors that use humor through his book, Candide, in order to make fun of his society. This is satirical books depicts many different topics in a society. To begin with in the book Candide, the main character goes through a series of adventures and murders in order to preserve his love to Cunegonde. Then again Candide can’t go through all of this without his partner D.r Pangloss from the beginning of the book....   [tags: Society, Humor, Satirical Devices, Voltaire]
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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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A Sense of Humor - Novelist and grocer Evan Kingston states that, “Humour is a tool, like characterization or dialogue, and its foolhardly for any writer to rise to the impossible task of communicating the unspeakable with less than all”. In literature to use humour in a narrative is often justified along the lines of a comedic structure. It is a genre that can be mixed and connected with more than one type of literary work. In Canadian literature, I have noticed that works, like King and Compton, often illustrate social issues regarding gender, oppression and multiculturalism....   [tags: literature, humour, stereotype, King, Compton]
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The Use of Humor - ... He compares the horror movies to roller coasters: “and horror movies, like roller coasters” (King, 87), and the reactions when watching horror movies to the screams when riding the roller coaster: “horror movie may not surprise a scream out of us at some point, the way we may scream when the roller coaster twists…”. This is a metaphoric comparison to top off the humor. King uses humor in his essay to grasp the reader’s attention and to maintain the giggle: “your insanity leads you only to talk to yourself when you’re under stress or to pick your nose on your morning bus…” (King, 87)....   [tags: irony, horror, style]
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Definitions for Humor - There are several definitions for humor (2011), one being “[t]he ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd”. The emission of smiles or laughter does not constitute something or someone is humorous, but is often a reaction to humor also known as mirth. Over the years, there have been several articles written on the use of humor in both the medical and psychological fields. In regard to the psychological field, this body of literature most often covers the definition of therapeutic humor, the benefits of humor in therapy, the risks and limitations associated with the use of humor in therapy, and therapeutic humor techniques with the need for traini...   [tags: Psychology]
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The Benefits of Humor for Our Health - ... For example, a classroom that uses humorous posters on the wall or cartoons that make students laugh makes for a more relaxed atmosphere, similar to using humor in playing music in a gym to motivate exercise. Anise indicated, “Humor is a motivator; use it to your advantage while working out…researchers at Vanderbilt University have even found that hearty laughter can burn calories equivalent to several minutes on the rowing machine or the exercise bike!” (Anise). Humor can certainly liven up any subject being discussed or presented, either in the work or school setting, or even in the home setting, while doing homework....   [tags: learning, healing, feel, good, aids] 2504 words
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The Brief Etymology of the Word Humor - ... The Online Etymology Dictionary defines humor as, “Fluid or juice of an animal or plant.” Certainly, the ancient’s physiologists had a strong desire to explain what they witnessed in the human condition. Hence, not possessing the technological advancements available today, they theorized that liquids contained in the body must influence many human attributes. It was evident that liquids must be present in the body to sustain life, the reasoning followed that an imbalance of these vital fluids would affect one’s mood or temperament....   [tags: history of languages of the world]
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Humor in the Filipino Culture - ... Despite of the tragedy that happened to them recently, Filipinos still have the strength to smile and feel excited with the fact that they will appear on TV. This only shows that Filipinos use humor as a distraction in times of hardships and somehow get the strength to be resilient. Through humor, Filipinos tend to focus on the fact that they will be “famous”, rather than weeping and feeling hopeless. The distraction humor brings can brighten up their day, and make them smile despite the tragic situation....   [tags: physical, mental, social, emotional, spiritual]
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Humor is a Way of Life - ... Not wanting to leave him their they pay the carny to let him ride around and around again. I’d have to giggle at this one. Not many people would think of doing this and yes it is kind of harsh, but would you want to be with a person that is drunk all the time. When I mention a fun house what do you think of. Highly doubt you would think of your house as one of them. Everybody's families are fun at times but when it comes to Nezzy’s house they can make a joke out of anything. “I bet when the mouse ran up your pant leg, he was thinking, What in the hell kind of mousetraps do they got now?” her husband said....   [tags: Shermaln Alexie, stories about reservation] 764 words
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Humor as an Argument: A Modest Proposal - ... Swift has no intention of selling babies to be eating, but what he does intend is for this audacious idea to expose the many flaws in the Irish culture. This is an exact interpretation of satire. The absurdity of eating children is laughable, but in a closer look the greed of the wealthy, lack of motivation of the politician, and the poor living conditions of the poor are revealed. Swift uses the humor to drawn the readers attention before exposing the many weaknesses in Ireland. Swift’s attack on the Irish people is very well rounded, he does not blame one group of people for the downturn of Ireland, but he calls out the flaws in each group to show that all of the people are the proble...   [tags: Jonathan Swift on the flaws of Irish culture]
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Humor and Healing the Research - Humor and Healing the Research General Purpose: To inform Specific Purpose: To inform my listeners about the benefits of laughter & how to incorporate it in their daily life Central Idea: Humor incorporated in your daily life promotes emotional, mental, and physiological healing INTRODUCTION I. Attention Device & Rapport Building (Self-Disclosure) A. Humor [Infomercial]. 1. Different types of humor- this product is authentic. Not like all those copycats………. 2. Positive Effects of humor B. Humor [PowerPoint slide will be shown]....   [tags: Psychology ]
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Language Change in Humor Magazines - A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. I love the vowels. And the consonants… Europe, Asia, I think Gilligan’s Island was one of them. – Frank Caliendo impersonating George Bush Language is our gateway to understanding the world around us, but it is always evolving; the words we use everyday are constantly changing. Since the mid 20th century, some terms common to that time have either dropped off or have evolved to mean something different than its original intent. However, language that is used for a different areas evolve in different ways....   [tags: Language ]
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An Analysis of Comedians and Humor - “Every joke has a kernel of truth.” A common saying such as this has numbed us to the reality of what jokes really are. Many comedians allow their outrageously dark thoughts to dictate their routines. Audiences listen waiting to hear ridiculous puns and jokes completely unaware of the twisted messages behind most punch lines. By analyzing comedians Jim Gaffigan, Dane Cook, Maz Jobrani, and Aries Spears through the frame of reference given by Professor Peter McGraw in “What Makes Things Funny,” we will understand the implicit message received through an explicit joke....   [tags: the truth behind jokes] 1976 words
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The Humor of Lewis Carroll - The works of Lewis Carroll, and in particular Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, cannot be read without noting the author’s mastery of wit. The creativity and insight permeating the humor in these texts are so clever and artful that the parody, pun, and nonsense are themselves the topic of many a critical essay. Most literature on the subject claims one of two things: either that the humor in his writing is inspired by his mathematical inclinations, or that it is a byproduct of an astounding innate linguistic aptitude....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The True Face of Lowbrow Humor - Following Chaucer’s description of the Miller in the General Prologue, The Miller’s Tale reveals a man who is more complex than his appearance initially suggests. The Miller’s Tale is a fabliau that consists of events of “cuckoldry,” “foolishness,” and “secrets” (1720, 1718, and 1719). Given the bawdy humor of his story, the Miller would seem to be crude and superficial. As the tale unfolds, it depicts how the norms of society trap John’s wife, Alison, in her marriage. Despite his fondness for vulgarity and fraudulence, the Miller is surprisingly sympathetic toward Alison....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Miller's Tale] 741 words
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Humor Is the Cure for Ignorance - ... He “played robber” with Tom and his band of friends for a while but quickly abandons the game because he is more intrigued with reality (14). Huck is already showing more maturity in quitting a game than many of the other boys his age. He also demonstrates his immaturity because the only reason he decides to go to school is to “spite pap” instead of going to learn (25). Although it is immature of him to try to annoy his father, it is also mature of him to go to school despite the consequences he may face....   [tags: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn] 1384 words
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Cognitive Understanding and Humor - ... The subjects answered a set of four questions under four different scenarios to determine if both genders are likely to start a conversation with humor, or if they respond well to the humor given by their partner. They were also asked after each if they would be willing to start or continue a current relationship given those scenarios. Study 2 had 92 female subjects and 51 male subjects who were sent to a fake dating website. They were given four profiles; two of attractive photos and 2 rated as unattractive....   [tags: relationship study] 626 words
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Humor of a Common Fear - ... Henry 72-73). Bill is getting attacked by their captive, Red Chief, creating a paradox to normal everyday life. The boy, known as Red Chief or Johnny, makes the audience laugh. For instance, “ ‘Red Chief’ says I to the kid, ‘would you like to go home?’ ‘Aw, what for’ “ (O. Henry 72). This shows Johnny’s fearless side which makes him seem more masculine than Bill. Although, when they are together they balance each other out making the story extremely funny, “The boy catches Bill neatly in the eye with a piece of brick” (O....   [tags: The Ransom of Red Chief by O Henry] 810 words
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Humor and Group Development - ... The status, gender and age, could also be taken as limitations in studying humor in the workplace. Temporary Groups vs. Permanent groups Temporary groups, according to Meyerson et al. (1996, p. 1) have a finite life span, form around a shared and relatively clear goal or purpose, and their success depends on a tight and coordinated coupling of activity (Terrion & Ashforth, 2002, p.56). The challenge for a temporary group is to establish a sense of group cohesion and identity when the group faces a limited life span, the members tend to have a limited experience of working with one another and limited prospects of doing so again, and the tasks tend to be nonroutine thus requiring members...   [tags: workplace, efficiency, capabiluty, knowledge] 1156 words
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Humor and Social Competence - One commonly cited definition of loneliness is owned by Peplau and Perlman (1982) who defined loneliness as the distressing psychological experience caused by the discrepancy between a person's desired and his actual social network, qualitatively (deep intimate social network) or quantitatively (too few friends). Furthermore, it is said to be a subjective experience that does not necessarily imply isolation, but instead is the result of self-perceived discrepancies in social relationships (in Fitts et al., 2009; Wong, 2010; Çeçen, 2007; Miczo, 2004; Bernardon et al., 2011)....   [tags: Psychology, Loneliness] 564 words
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Intercultural Communication Through Humor - I delve into this research project hoping to acquire more information about humor and language. What makes some things funny and others not. How much of humor is based on culture or intellectual development. What I found was that no one really knows these answers yet. What there has been research on is humor and communication. To narrow my focus further, I chose to examine research papers relating specifically to intercultural communication through humor. I picked two studies to analyze which cover opposite ends of the intercultural humor spectrum....   [tags: Communication ]
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Humor of South Park - Manbearpig: Half Man, Half Bear, Half Pig, but All Global Warming. South Park is a popular animated comedy series written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. While the episodes of South Park are always humorous on the surface, each show usually has a deeper, much more profound meaning and moral. One episode of South Park entitled Manbearpig, named after the monster in the episode, has a particularly potent deeper meaning. On the surface, the episode pokes fun at monster stories, politics, and specifically Al Gore....   [tags: TV Review] 1985 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: Informative Essays] 354 words
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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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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 ab...   [tags: Papers] 627 words
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How Humor Heals - ... Humor spreads happiness. Humor cultivates optimism. Humor helps communication. Support/Concrete Details: Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals....   [tags: it defuses fear, laugh, pain] 639 words
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The Use of Humor in the Writings of Mark Twain - What is humor. With humor we think of something that is obvious, something that sticks out to us in a book or in a paper that makes us laugh. Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, included numerous occasions of humor throughout his writings, though Mark Twain makes his humor very dry and sometimes hard to tell that it is even there. Mark Twain, unlike most authors, includes humor in his writings without it being blatantly obvious. In a small excerpt from an essay by Naomi Hori on humor in one of Twain’s writings, she writes, “Let me clarify the features of Twain’s laughter....   [tags: American Literature ]
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Use of Humor in Sherman Alexie's Works - In “A Drug Called Tradition,” one function of Alexie’s humor is that it prevents the characters’ pain from intensifying. For example, at the beginning of the story, Alexie starts with humor to mitigate his characters’ pain. After Junior shouts at Thomas, questioning “[h]ow come your fridge is always fucking empty,” Thomas goes inside the refrigerator and sits down, replying Junior “[t]here…It ain’t empty no more,” which makes everyone in the kitchen laugh (Alexie 12). As seen in this example, humor keeps the characters from being depressed and painful in spite of their poverty....   [tags: Pain Alleviation with Comedy]
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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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Satire and Black Humor in Dr. Strangelove - Even though Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb screened in the midst of the sobering Cold War, critics were keen on praising the film for its mastery of humor applied to such a sensitive matter. The film is exceedingly loaded with metaphors, innuendos, and allusions that nothing can be left undissected or taken for face value; the resulting effect is understood to be part of Kubrick’s multifarious theme. Kubrick has stated that what began as a “the basis for a serious film about accidental war ” eventually birthed an absurd and farcical classic comedy....   [tags: Film Review]
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Political Satire: The Humor of Washington on Television - ... The American flag is a major banner on the show as the color and likeness is used on the program, the show also takes inspiration off some political viewpoint progams including parodying commentator Bill O’Reilly’s program, the O’Reilly Factor. Just like the daily show, it is also a television program that displays political satire. On a daily basis on his program, Stephen Colbert is a fictional character of himself; he makes a mockery of President Obama and everyone involved in politics, he expresses his love and desire for America, he also talks about the issues in his commentary segment called the word (similar to the talking points segment on the O’Reilly Factor) and so on....   [tags: News, Politics, Current Events, Media, Comedy]
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Humor in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - ... When Romeo asks Mercutio what his dream was about, Mercutio says, “That dreamers often lie” (1.4.53). In this instance, the play on the word “lie” is witty and clever. Mercutio is stating that dreams “lie” as dreamers “lie.” Although humorous and comedic, this is thematically important, as it stresses the fabrications as well as the deceptions in dreams. Through the use of this pun we acquire that Romeo and Juliet choose to pin their hopes on a dream, and we later learn, that these dreams and hopes end with tragic results....   [tags: literary devices, love, tragic results] 683 words
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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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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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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 ha...   [tags: Erdrich Tracks]
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Appropriate Humor in Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich - ... Who are these nutcases who would volunteer for an artificially daunting situation in order to entertain millions of strangers with their half-assed efforts to survive. Then I remember where I am and why I am here." The last sentence adds a little cohesiveness to the situation. This humor tied loose-ends that the reader might now have fully grasped without it. Ehrenreich knew that most audiences most easily connect with humor; therefore, she used it very frequently. This sarcasm not only keeps readers involved, but it also makes certain connections that they would not normally put together....   [tags: tragedy, hopelessness]
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Sense of Humor: Good for Life, Good for Health - ... Sense of humor reduces pain and stress and increases the relaxation responses. People with humor usually have many friends because of their humor. A good example of this kind is my roommate, who has many jokes to tell and actions to do to make people laugh. When I got the scholarship from Oman’s government, I did not know any one of those student, who came with me. I was not sure with whom I will live, and who will be my roommates. So I saw Tariq, who has humor personality, I asked him gently, can I live with you and be your roommate....   [tags: laughter is the best medicine] 602 words
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The Distasteful Communication of Insulting and Humor in Daily Life - There is no end to the ways that insults and humor are constantly at work in daily life. They are a large part of the fabric that makes up human socialization and communication. When these two effects are mingled, the result can either be very entertaining or very distasteful. This leads one to wonder what elements need to be mixed together to tip the scales in one direction or the other. It is really the combination of delivery, environment, personalities, and audience that make insult humor funny....   [tags: laughable, entertain, comedy] 1282 words
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Use of Humor by Woody Allen and Sigmund Freud - The concept of humor is an incredibly complicated one, having undergone complex analyses and innumerable manners of usage from the times of the ancient Greeks through the modern era. Masters of comedy and their works have become part of the human experience, widely ranging from Shakespeare’s masterful Much Ado About Nothing to the much-loved television series I Love Lucy. Humor, although in many ways considered to be largely mass-market and tailored to the popular majority, has not escaped the realm of scholarly analysis....   [tags: freud, woody allen]
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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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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. Chaucer makes the whole story come across as comic rather than tragic. This humor is created by the Miller's narration, the use of irony, the cartoon-like characters, and the twists of plot....   [tags: Comic Effect in The Miller's Tale]
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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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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: The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays] 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 Humor of Flannery O'Connor - Webster's online 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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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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