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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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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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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 training....   [tags: Psychology]
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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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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 - 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 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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Sherman Alexie's Humor - In the short stories “A Drug Called Tradition,” “The Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor,” and “The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore” collected in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, author Sherman Alexie uses humor to reflect the life on the Spokane Reservation. In “A Drug Called Tradition,” the story starts with a joke by having Thomas sit down inside a refrigerator in response to Junior’s comment as to why the refrigerator is empty. The Indians are having a party hosted by Thomas, who gets a lot of money from a corporation for leasing some of his land....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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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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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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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 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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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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Sherman Alexie's Humor in His Works - ... “‘Told you it sounded like a pickup window,’ [Victor] said. ‘Yeah, yeah, a 1982 Chevy.’ ‘With red paint.’ ‘No, blue’” (49). Julius’s wrong deed agitates Victor and Adrian because they worry that Julius may go off. However, they joke about it to alleviate their pain for losing Julius, their hope on the reservation. Therefore, humor also serves to abate pain in Alexie’s stories. In his essay "'Another Kind of Violence': Sherman Alexie's poems," author Ron McFarland analyzes Alexie’s works and reveals the function of Alexie’s humor: From the foregoing it should be obvious enough that Alexie’s is a rhetoric, whether in his poems or in his fiction, that reflects pain and anger, a rhetoric that could give way to bitterness....   [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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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 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 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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As I Lay Dying: Faulkner’s Aggressive Humor - In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Faulkner portrays the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her dying wish to bury her in the town of Jefferson. Faulkner utilizes humor in the novel to lighten the mood of death and as an act of transgression against the orthodox Christian views of death as it relates to good souls dying and becoming angels. Addie Bundren’s son, Vardaman, relates to the orthodox Christian views of death, and the synonymous use of humor with these views ultimately creates an idea about humanity’s perception of death and how they should live, which is enhanced through John Morreal’s “Humor in the Holocaust: Its Coping, Criticizing, and Superiority” and “‘The Abject’- A Brief Definition.” Addie Bundren’s death in the novel hits Vardaman hard causing him to be angry and distraught from the loss of his mother....   [tags: William Faulkner]
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Lewis Grizzard: Finding the Humor in Everyday Life - What is the most common perception held in this country concerning the people and the way they live in the South. The perception most of the country has about life down here in the South is one of slow-paced living, simple-minded people, and stubborn, unwarranted pride. One of the best ways to combat this perception is through the use of humor; Lewis Grizzard was one of the best at this, because he could take the experiences from his own life as well as the lives of others in the South and turn them into humorous semi-fictional stories....   [tags: Biography ]
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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: Free Essay Writer] 551 words
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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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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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Humor and Criticism in Erasmuss Praise of Folly - Humor and Criticism in Erasmuss Praise of Folly Humor and Criticism in Praise of Folly Erasmus’s Praise of Folly is a humor-filled satire of pretty much everything. It is filled with wit and sarcasm which make light of serious problems and blow insignificant issues out of proportion all the while bringing a smile to the reader’s face. It is not stinging humor at the expense of others (unless, of course, the shoe fits), rather it is directed towards everyone. Erasmus even includes himself in the joke, practically parodying himself in the first section (xvi)....   [tags: essays papers] 1304 words
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Humor's Place in the 20th Century Novel - Humor's Place in the 20th Century Novel       In her essay, “The Beautiful and Sublime Revisited,” Iris Murdoch says: The modern novel, the serious novel, does tend toward either two extremes: either it is a tight metaphysical object, which wishes it were a poem, and which attempts to convey, often in mythical form, some central truth about the human condition or else it is a loose journalistic epic, documentary or possibly even didactic in inspiration, offering a commentary on current institutions or on some matter out of history (264)....   [tags: Literature Literary Essays]
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Humor in Dicken's Tale of Two Cities - A Tale of Two Cities Frequently in literature, humor is added in scenes to make them more interesting and more appealing to readers. Often times underneath the humorous covers lay a much more serious principle. Charles Dickens does exactly this in A Tale of Two Cities, by making slight comedy of issues such as democracy, the lower class, and spousal abuse. In A Tale of Two Cities, the actions of Jerry Cruncher, while essentially very humorless, may seem peculiarly funny to some people. The events that occur in chapter one of book two, concerning Mrs....   [tags: essays research papers] 517 words
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When Laughter is the Solution, Not the Problem - One of the many ways to cope is through the power of laughter. An old saying goes “Laughter is the best medicine,” useful in situations of grief and difficulties. Lately, however, laughter combines with politics and international news. While this is effective, is it right to do so. Not only do Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert pick-and-choose the stories they wish to cover in their TV shows, they choose them based on the comedic potential, blinding their viewers to the real problems the stories present....   [tags: Literature Humor Analysis]
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Effective Use of Humor in Magazine Advertising - Effective Use of Humor in Magazine Advertising The purpose of a magazine advertisement is to attract the reader’s attention and hold it long enough for the reader to recognize and remember the name brand of the product being advertised. This is achieved, in many cases, by the use of a comedic image or phrase. These, hopefully, will cause the reader to sit up and look further into what just made him or her smile or even laugh. This technique is seen quite often in the pages of the latest issue of ArtByte magazine....   [tags: Media Advertising Promotion Essays]
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Humor and Tragedy in Virginia Woolf's Orlando - Virginia Woolfe's "Orlando" uses both humor and tragedy to observe humanity's often absurd and eccentric superficial constructions, both of class and gender. Woolfe creates the distinctions between male and female but continuously shatters them to reveal the illusions we create about gender. As George Meredith suggests, comedy is created when "The comic poet dares to show us men and women coming to this mutual likeness" (15). Woolfe, however, goes beyond simply bringing men and women together as equals; she blends them together as one androgynous individual, the effect of which causes us to laugh at the artificial way in which society attempts to define gender....   [tags: Virginia Woolf Orlando Essays] 652 words
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Humor in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Humor in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In Twelfth Night we see different types of humour. There is the witty word play exchanged by Viola and Feste, the bawdy humour of Sir Toby, the foolishness of Sir Andrew, self-importance of Malvolio, and the general confusion caused by Viola’s disguiseAn account of Humor in Twelfth Night....   [tags: Papers] 965 words
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Aspects of Humor in William Shakespeare's The Tempest - Aspects of Humor in William Shakespeare's The Tempest Act Two Scene Two is a comic sub plot because of the characters behaviours and actions. It also highlights some of the main themes of the central plot. Trinculo is a jester, a fool and one of the main characters, his job is to make people laugh. Stephano is the second character I am going to be focusing on. He's a drunken butler and because of his drunken actions, he's funny. Caliban adds humour to the play because of what he's thinking and doing....   [tags: Papers] 1311 words
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - ... As you can see in this quotation from the novel, while Huck and Jim were on the raft, they were the best of friends. Huck is portrayed as such a benevolent character for defying what society has previously told him about blacks. Jim: “De goodness gracious alive, Mars Tom. Why, if dey was a rattlesnake to come in heah I’d take en bust right out thoo dat log wall…” Tom: “You could tame it.” Jim: “Please, Mars Tom—doan’ talk so. I can’t stan’ it!” Tom: “Jim, don’t act so foolish” (Page 261-262) At first we all were tricked into thinking what a great person Huckleberry Finn is because he is doing what no one else in the south and furthermore, the country, was willing to do—make friends with an African American fugitive slave....   [tags: Mark Twain, humor, satire, mockery]
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Marriage in Jane Austen´s Pride and Prejudice - ... Jane Bennet is the older sister of Elizabeth Bennet and is also referred to as Miss Bennet. Miss Bennet is a very shy, beautiful, and intelligent young woman. Jane is the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and although she is aware of her mother’s and society’s views on marriage of being more a “business affair” than an act of love she is too shy to attempt to play the marriage game. Not very far into the novel Miss Bennet becomes acquainted with a smart, rich, young man named Mr. Bingley when he comes into town to rent the Netherfield Estate....   [tags: Jane Austen, literature, irony, humor]
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The Role of Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle - The Role of Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle "I've narrowed comedy down to two words: clown and farts. Because first it makes you laugh, and then it makes you think." Dave Attell's joke comes remarkably close to describing exactly what it is that Kurt Vonnegut is able to do with his writing. First, he makes his readers laugh, and then he forces them to think. By employing such humorous devices as irony and satire, Vonnegut is able to bring humor to a less-than-humorous subject....   [tags: Cat's Cradle Essays] 631 words
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Humor Should Replace Sex in Media Advertising - Humor Should Replace Sex in Advertising     In today's society, we as consumers are exposed to media on a daily basis. Beginning the day with a glance at the daily newspaper and finishing the evening with a television program, the average person cannot escape the clutches of the media in its seemingly endless forms. Along with presenting objective information that includes local news, weather, and sports, a main function of modern media is advertising.   Two effective methods of catching the eyes of the consumer are the use of either sexual attraction or humor as a focal point of an advertisement....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Use of Humor in Our Society to Promote Ideas - Humor in Our Society Missing Works Cited Humor is something that is highly valued in today’s contemporary world. It is something that we are constantly surrounded by, something that people use to fall back on when life gets too serious, something that unites people together if they can laugh at the same joke. However, humor can also cause offense and division if people oppose the particular ways of thinking being promoted in the text. Humor is probably the most powerful tool used by authors today to criticize, challenge or emphasize particular ideas or issues that are dominant in society....   [tags: Comedy Satire Papers] 716 words
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The Comedy of the American Dream - The Comedy of the American Dream In the early 1950s, the American dream was the nation's common heartbeat. Citizens longed for the ?ideal. family; most hid their shortcomings. The nuclear family included a mother, father, two children and a pet, all residing in suburbia, USA. Fathers were the breadwinners, and mothers stayed home, cooked, and cared for the kids. Each family included a boy and a girl, the former who always parted his hair to the side and the latter who always wore pigtails....   [tags: Humor Movies Film Essays]
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Use of Tone, Irony and Humor in The Hammon and the Beans - Use of Tone, Irony and Humor in The Hammon and the Beans Ernest Hemingway once explained, "A writer's problem does not change. He himself changes and the world he lives in changes but his problem remains the same. It is always how to write truly and having found what is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes a part of the experience of the person who reads it." The attitude and "projection" with which the author creates a story is the tone. A difficult aspect of writing to master, tone is one that transitions a piece of writing from satisfactory to exemplary....   [tags: Hammon and the Beans Essays] 940 words
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Use of Humor to Describe Historical Events Illustrated in George Orwell's Animal Farm - George Orwell created the novel Animal Farm as a pun to historical events. Orwell created a funny farm story based on the occurrences of the Russian Revolution. It is a novel based on the first thirty years of the Soviet Union, a real society pursuing the ideal of equality. Orwell uses many comical approaches in the novel depicting the historical events. Many of the events, people, and animals within Animal Farm are a direct representation of the Soviet Union. This story shows the reality of a corrupted society....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 1487 words
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Satire, Surrealism and Dark Humor in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle - Satire, Surrealism and Dark Humor in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle "And there on the shaft in letters six inches high, so help me God, was the word: Mother" (48) "'If that's mother,' said the driver, 'what in hell could they have raised over father?'" As the reader soon finds out, 40 cm of marble, as directed by Felix Hoenikker's will, that says "FATHER" (49). Vonnegut stops you short and plucks at your hand like a little boy who has just shaved the cat and can't wait to show you what he's done: you can't, as a responsible adult, laugh at the absurdity of the bald and shivering feline because you know that you should be astonished, offended, annoyed, anything but burst out laughing, which you desperately desire to do....   [tags: Vonnegut Cat's Cradle] 555 words
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Humor in Act 2 Scene 5 of Twelfth Night - In Act 2 scene 5 the mood is very lighthearted and is full of theatrical comedy, we find Sir Toby, Sir Andrew and their friend Fabian hidden away as they await Malvolio to stumble upon the letter supposedly written by Olivia. Even though they are hidden the audience can still see their reactions and hear their comments, which adds to the melodramatic aspect of the scene. The audience is anxious to see what unravels next as they know Maria purposely wrote the letter in order to fool Malvolio. Malvolio's entrance to the scene immediately creates comedy as even before he finds the letter we find him fantasizing about being "Count Malvolio", this notion creates humor as it seems that Malvolio has forgot he is merely Olivia's steward not her social equal despite his is conceited self-righteousness....   [tags: European Literature] 443 words
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Dave Barry: The Evolution of a Creative Genius - Dave Barry: The Evolution of a Creative Genius Humor, as a creative effort, has been respected throughout the world, I’m sure, since the beginning of spoken language. There is nothing in the world like conjuring up a joke or some other anecdote that sends a group of people off into a fit of laughter. In fact, throughout time, people have attempted to make humor at least some part of their professional career. Court jesters made the royalty of the castle laugh at his foolish behavior. Playwrights have included humor in their tragic works to provide some comedic relief from all of the terribly sad events....   [tags: Writer Writing Humor Papers]
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Satire, Humor, and Shock Value in Swifts' A Modest Proposal - Satire, Humor, and Shock Value in Swifts' A Modest Proposal Swift's message to the English government in "A Modest Proposal" deals with the disgusting state of the English-Irish common people. Swift, as the narrator expresses pity for the poor and oppressed, while maintaining his social status far above them. The poor and oppressed that he refers to are Catholics, peasants, and the poor homeless men, women, and children of the kingdom. This is what Swift is trying to make the English government, in particular the Parliament aware of; the great socioeconomic distance between the increasing number of peasants and the aristocracy, and the effects thereof....   [tags: Swift Modest Proposal Essays] 1036 words
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Satire, and Black Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle - Satire, and Black Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut was written in 1963. "It is a satirical commentary on modern man and his madness" (back cover). It is a book that counters almost every aspect of our society. As well as satire, Vonnegut also includes apocalyptic elements in this novel. Satire, "the use of irony, sarcasm, or ridicule in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice or folly" (Webster 1193), is very prevalent in Cat's Cradle. Vonnegut hits on many aspects of human life with this satire....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle] 698 words
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Death and Humor in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Death and Humor in Huckleberry Finn        Huckleberry Finn can be read as a boy's adventure novel, as a work of serious literature, as a humorous historical account, as biting social satire . . . I'm sure I could go on.  This is a book that has delighted generations of readers - it's rollingly funny, rife with adventure - and hopelessly morbid.  That's right.  I read Huckleberry Finn and it made me think of death.  The novel has a strange way of dealing with death.  There's a pretty high body count, yet each individual demise becomes an opportunity for high comedy.  We laugh, and the novel will laugh with us.  But it won't cry.  Perhaps this was a nod to time and place.  As far as the poetry of the time suggests, life in America in the late nineteenth century was not exactly cheerful.   Take this poem, published less than a year before Huckleberry Finn, as just one example:   When I am gone - Say!  Will the glad wind wander, wander on;                                 Stooping with tenderest touches, yet                 With frolic care beset, Lifting the long gray rushes, where the Stream                 And I so idly dream?           I feel its soft caress; The toying of its wild-wood tenderness                 On brow and lips and eyes and hair,                                 As if through love aware                 That days must come when no fond wind shall creep                                 Down where my heart's asleep....   [tags: Adventures Huckleberry Huck Finn Essays]
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Use of Humor in William Shakespeare's 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: William Shakespeare] 1101 words
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Achieving Humor in Educating Rita by Willy Russell - Achieving Humor in Educating Rita by Willy Russell Written by Willy Russell in 1985, "Educating Rita" is a comical interpretation of his own life as a young Liverpudlian hairdresser and his aspirations to become educated. The play is based on Rita, the hairdresser who wants a better life, and begins this adventure by enrolling in an Open University course. It is here she meets her tutor, Frank. You could say, the key to her dreams. If I were to direct this play, I would seek to achieve humour for an audience by exploring the different aspects of comedy; comedy of character, comedy of situation, comedy of misunderstanding and comedy of language....   [tags: Educating Rita Willy Russell Essays] 1109 words
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