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Role of the Family Explored in Slapstick and Grapes of Wrath

- Role of the Family Explored in Slapstick and Grapes of Wrath       On Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the need for belongingness and love ranks only below the need for survival, making it one of our most basic needs (Weiten 267). Many people fill this need for affection by participating in a family unit. However, as the 20th century continues, the emphasis on family in America is decreasing. Divorce rates, single-parent households, and children born out of wedlock are all increasing. Furthermore, instead of the network of aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and other relatives that was prevalent in early America, Americans today are more distant from their extended family....   [tags: Grapes Wrath essays]

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Big Trouble in Big Trouble

- In the long tradition of American screwball comedies, Big Trouble, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and based on the novel by Dave Barry, is something of a return to form in a medium that has excelled in defying old conventions over the last few decades. Even though more modern screwballs have tended to drift away from the roots of their 30s-40s brethren, some still strive to be like Bringing Up Baby or Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Films like O Brother, Where Art Thou. and I Heart Huckabees have done a lot to blaze new trails for the genre, but as a result they have to drift away from the original idea of a screwball....   [tags: Film Review]

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Domestic and Foreign Comedies

- Title g Domestic and Foreign Comedies The most successful movies worldwide are comedies. Comedies are able to bring together many cultures together and have them agree on one thing – and that it being entertained. In the United States, comedy developed from the early slapstick, into screwball comedies, to dark comedies and finally social satires. Foreign films take everyday societal problems, or quirks and makes them into brilliant comedic performances. The quirkier the characters, there will a more favorable response from the audience....   [tags: Entertainment ]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' Delicatessen '

- Delicatessen tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world where many people are starving and are forced to take extreme measures to survive. The film fallows a group of people living in an apartment building run by the butcher who owns it. To survive this group of people have resulted to cannibalism. The dark subject matter in the film may prevent some viewers from appreciating the comedy hidden within; however, it is also what gives this film a unique feel and make the comedic elements have a greater impact on most viewers....   [tags: Comedy, Humour, Black comedy, Theories of humor]

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The Film Old School Where Will Ferrell

- Comic Cinema has become more inept to show the visual comedy and instead rely on sound, particularly dialogue. Take the scene from comedy film Old School where Will Ferrell tries to explain to a group of college kids why he cannot drink. (Figure 1.9) In a cinematic standpoint the scene just seems is a simple shot reverse shot of a grown man and a couple of college kids who seem to disapprove of his decisions. The chunk of the humor lies solely in the dialogue and the way the characters in the scene react to the one speaking....   [tags: Charlie Chaplin, Silent film, Harold Lloyd, Film]

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Analysis : Green Energy Company

- About a million people around the world seemed to enjoy the hilarious yet tragic scenes of cooling towers crumbling. Ecotricity, a British (and the country’s first) green energy company, which was founded in 1996, released a short clip via YouTube on February 7, 2012, attracting over 3.4 million views as of September 2016. Ecotricity’s central goal is to confront and bash the bad behavior of the Big Six power companies in the UK – British Gas, EDF Energy, npower, E. ON UK, Scottish Power, and SSE....   [tags: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Opera]

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Relationships and Interdependence in the Works of Kurt Vonnegut

- Relationships and Interdependence in the Works of Kurt Vonnegut While on the surface Kurt Vonnegut's works appear to singularly contain the pessimistic views of an aging, black humorist, his underlying meanings reveal a much more sympathetic and hopeful glimpse of humanity that lends itself to eventual societal improvement. As part of Vonnegut's strategy for enhanced communal welfare, the satirist details in the course of his works potential artificial family groups to connect the masses and alleviate the lonely....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Farewell to the One-Reelers

- The plot of Big Red Riding Hood is as thin as you can get, but that is usually the case with most one-reelers. Charley plays Jimmy Jump as in all of his one-reel shorts. A title describes Charley's character, "Jimmy Jump -- An intellectual giant, but a financial dwarf." Charley's task in this film is to translate the story "Little Red Riding Hood" into Swedish. So, in the entire film, Charley tries to finish reading the story. When a man buys the book and puts it in the back seat of his car, Jimmy rides alongside the car with his bicycle....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Situational Irony in O’Henry’s The Ransom of Red Chief and The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

- Situational irony is used in both O’Henry’s “The Ransom of Red Chief” and “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant but the effect of the techniques on the tone of each story is very different. In O’Henry’s story, the protagonist, Red Chief, is being kidnapped by two criminals, Bill and Sam. There are many ironic events that occur in the story. For example, the reader expects Red Chief to want to go back home to his family but instead, he is having the time of his life. As hard as Bill tries, he cannot even send him home....   [tags: Tone, Comical, Depressing]

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Farce and Dramatic Irony in A Midsummer Night´s Dream by William Shakespeare

- ... The randomness of farce represents how love truly has no reason, and is very confusing, like the play itself. Farce and dramatic irony both serve as vehicles to exemplify the absurd, out of control, and illogical realities of love. Dramatic irony in A Midsummer Night’s Dream embodies the elaborate plotline that symbolizes the complexity of love, while dramatic irony in itself displays the message that love is blind. When Helena is convinced Lysander and Demetrius are deriding her when the potion really is causing them to be attracted to her, she is completely oblivious to the influence of the potion and the new love triangle created along with it....   [tags: oberon and titania, moral]

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Watching Episodes Of I Love Lucy And The Andy Griffith Show

- After watching episodes of I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show, I saw many things that were the same or similar, along with many things that are different. Both of the shows were made during an era where the television entertainment industry explored America’s moral conscience. This was apparent because the themes always had a lesson or moral in each story. I Love Lucy has an unusual cast, with Lucille Ball playing the part of Lucy Ricardo, and her husband in real life, Desi Arnaz,, Jr. playing the part of Lucy’s husband, Ricky Ricardo....   [tags: I Love Lucy, Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball]

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Who Said That Animation Is Just For Kids

- Ask any student in college about old cartoon shows like Looney Toons or X-men, and you'll probably get a response like “I used to love watching that show!”. Children in America today are raised on cartoons, as most American animation is directed at children. If you were to ask the people who said that they used to watch cartoons if they still watch animated shows today, they would probably say that they grew out of watching cartoons a long time ago. However, this is not the case everywhere, in Japan animated shows are directed to all ages instead of just children....   [tags: Animation]

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William Shakespeare 's Life And Life

- 1. Biography William Shakespeare is believed to have been born on April 23, 1564, due to the fact that he was baptized on April 26 and at that time children were typically baptized three days after their birth. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon to John Shakespeare, a merchant, and Mary Arden, a daughter of a prosperous farmer. One of eight children, William Shakespeare grew up in a small town and attended a small grammar school. Since his family was part of the middle class and financially unstable at the time, Shakespeare was not able to attend college....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet]

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Advertisement For The Hyundai Car Finder

- Introduction This report analyses a 60-second American online video advertisement for the Hyundai Car finder ' First Date ' advertisement in 2016. According to USA Today, this advertisement made a Super Bowl commercials in 2016. (Woodyard, USA TODAY 2016). The report contains a description of the advertisement, an evaluation of creativity, predictions about consumer responses and a recommendation for the agency. Creativity is assessed by examining two Divergence Measure dimensions in the Creativity in Advertising Model developed by Smith, Yang, Bucholz and Darley (2007)....   [tags: Brand, Advertising, Hyundai Genesis]

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Cat People versus Dog People

- ... The stereotype of a crazy cat women is not really true. On a usual basis, they are more likely to be women. Their personalities extend to being unconventional introverts. This is just a fancy way of calling them outside of the box thinker but with shy tendencies. The unconventional side is often seen as “crazy” but I like to call it misunderstood innovation. My adorable cat tiger can turn anything into a place to sleep and that’s his form of innovation. I love to create, design and remodel 7]-everything which is one of my contributions to being a cat person....   [tags: pets, animals in the house]

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Comic Techniques in Act 5 Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Comic Techniques in Act 5 Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare This scene is the last of the play but by this time the actual plot is finished. This scene is an extra part added on to make the play more humorous. It is also the only scene with all the characters in it. They are all drawn together in one place. Shakespeare did this to make sure the ending is happy and humorous. It also shows the audience that everything turns out alright in the end. It would look strange on stage as Shakespeare is mimicking his own audience....   [tags: Papers]

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The Role and Function of Feste in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- The Role and Function of Feste in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In Elizabethan times the Twelfth Night was a time of holiday and festivals and it was sometimes known as the feast of fools. Slapstick comedy, satire and romance along with disguise and frivolity were all ingredients, which would have been the order of the day. Feste the fool represents the festive spirit of the play, and he makes an important contribution to the action. Fools were employed by noble families, Feste is employed by the Countess Olivia....   [tags: Papers]

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How have sitcoms changed over time?

- Although ‘Men Behaving Badly’ is not that much older than ‘Friends’ the more recent episodes of Friends are quite different to the final episodes of M.B.B. The most obvious difference between the two programmes is the clothes the actors wear and their accents. Of course this is to be expected due to the difference in time and location of filming but also the characters play very different parts. In M.B.B. all the characters are around aged 30 and live in quite a bad part of London and not particularly worried about their sense of fashion; whereas in Friends they live in the centre of New York and most of the characters are always dressed in the latest clothes and some of the narrative revol...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The History of Sitcoms

- The History of Sitcoms The word 'Sitcom' derives from the words Situational Comedy. Sitcoms are a series of programs shown on television that usually involve a family or a close group of characters. Sitcoms seem to have been around ever since television was introduced to the family home, and are continuing to change along with television itself. Traditionally, sitcoms were generally centred around men, usually having only one or two female characters. Examples of this are, 'Yes Prime Minister', 'Blackadder', and the still popular 'Only Fools and Horses'....   [tags: Papers]

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Korean Culture Report

- ... At least not in Korean, anyway. I had to continue trying.. How could I be funny in one language and culture, and not be in another language and culture. Best I could muster was slapstick and self-deprecation. Begging for laughs was clearly the only option left. Simultaneously, hearing my native Korean peers crack jokes that to me were horrendously unfunny, and generally being unable to partake in the joy of Korean TV shows and dramas, was also very discouraging. I often felt excluded and incomplete as a Korean trying to fit back in....   [tags: humor, culture shock]

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Cartoon The Simpsons

- Cartoon The Simpsons The Simpsons first came to life in the waiting room out side James L Brook's office the executive producer of the Tracy Ullman show where Matt Groeing was sitting there sketching away. He created all the characters inside 15 minutes and named them all after his own family. They were first shown as 30-second bumpers in the Tracy Ullman show. Bumpers are shown before the adverts to make them more interesting. In the bumpers the Simpsons characters looked very different to what they are now, Lisa was often called a female version of Bart....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing There are a few things that a Shakespearean audience would expect from a play in his romantic comedy genre. One of these expectations would be that of a light-hearted plot, with small confusions to push the story along its course. The play is helped with a pleasant setting of Messina, 'where honeysuckles ripened by the sun' However, due to lack of props, stage qualities and modern technology Shakespeare would have to create the setting in his words using imagery, through the dialogue of his characters....   [tags: Papers]

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Annotated Bibliography Of Buster Keaton Biographies

- Biographies of Buster Keaton Buster Keaton, Charles Samuels, My Wonderful World of Slapstick (USA: De Capo Press, 1982). Easily the most personal account of the silent film star, this indispensable book was co-written by Keaton himself. While it's not the most objective source - Keaton's memory or interpretation of certain events is rather unclear - it's an enjoyable and well-written memoir; offering some key facts and recollections. He delves quite a bit into his family life, dispelling some rumours and ruminating at length about his early years in the family vaudeville act (wherein he would perform the dangerous and creative stunts that became his trademark)....   [tags: Biography]

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Beyond the Surface of Shrek

- Beyond the Surface of Shrek Fiona: You did it. You rescued me. You're amazing. You're… You're wonderful. You're...(Shrek and Donkey tumble down the slope with a loud crash.) Fiona: A little unorthodox I'll admit (Soft classical music plays in the background) but, thine deed is great and thine heart is pure. I'm eternally in your debt. (Donkey clears his throat loudly.) Fiona: And where would a brave knight be without his noble steed. Donkey: Oh, I hope you heard that. She called me a noble steed....   [tags: Movies Argumentative Argument Papers]

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Analysis of The Wrong Trousers

- Analysis of The Wrong Trousers “The Wrong Trousers” is a Clay Animation Production (where all characters are made out of clay). Created by Nick Park (a famous Animator) in 1993, “The Wrong Trousers” stars Wallace and Gromit in their second animated adventure (they were first introduced to British Viewers in 1990 in another Nick Park production “A Grand Day Out”.) In this particular adventure we see how bad things can get when technology gets into the wrong hands… “The Wrong Trousers” was created by a clever technique called Clay Animation (Claymation)....   [tags: Papers]

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Plato’s Portrayal of Socrates

- Plato’s Portrayal of Socrates The portrayal of Socrates by his student Plato creates one of the most controversial characters of all time. There are few other personalities in history that have drawn criticism and praise from the furthest ends of each spectrum. Socrates has been called the inventor of reason and logic, and at the same time has been condemned as a corruptor and a flake. Perhaps he was all of these. Despite this disagreement, one is a certainty: Socrates had a very interesting and active sense of humor....   [tags: Plato Socrates]

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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]

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Television Comedies

- Television comedies have been on the air for decades, and throughout this time many different shows have come and gone. Due to the dominance of these shows, comedies are one of the biggest draws on television. There are many different types of comedies, each with their own unique characteristics and features that differentiate them from others and lead to their popularity. Whether the show is a sketch comedy, sitcom, mockumentary or dramatic comedy, each utilizes different types of humour, locations, themes, and situations to appeal to the audience; which is likely why they are so popular today....   [tags: Red Skeleton, The Crack-up]

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The Movie ' Jack And Jill Primary Ideas Throughout The Film '

- The film Jack and Jill primary ideas throughout the film evolves around the conflicts and differences between both siblings. The conflict between siblings was the primary reason why I did not find this film funny or saw any humor to it. Firstly, the film’s cheap humor is portrayed through Jill where the standards of a female persona were lowered. This is evident as Jill is often needy, helpless, likes to be the center of attention, and has no filter in which she speaks her mind out. I did not agree to this, as this is not an ideal or pleasant image to give to a woman....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Twin, Comedy]

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The Appropriateness of the Victorian Renaming of the Play “Malvolio”

- When compared to Shakespeare’s other comedies, ‘Twelfth Night’ can be said to be the darkest. As the last of his comedies, it fits that ‘Twelfth Night’ would be progressively darker, ending not on a note of true happiness but rather one of melancholy that strives to emphasize that “that’s all one” and therefore insignificant. Though it fits comic tradition with slapstick humour, unrequited courtly love, confusion, potential for tragedy but ultimately a happy ending, ‘Twelfth Night’ is prevailingly dark, showing the flaws in a society living for pleasure and determined to indulge in ‘cakes and ale’....   [tags: Victorian, renaming, plays, malvolio, twelfth nigh]

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Social and Political Critique and Commentary in Bonnie and Clyde

- ... The scene is almost reminiscent of the famous scene from Battleship Potemkin 3 where the mother is shot in the face, and her glasses are shattered. By modern standards, the scene isn’t that shocking or all that revolting at all, but at the time of its release, it certainly was a shocker to both audience and critics alike. The most famous graphic scene in Bonnie and Clyde is of course the dramatic finale, when the two criminal lovers are gunned down by the Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and his enforcers....   [tags: film analysis]

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The Death Of An Anarchist At Stockton 's Experimental Theatre

- On November 7th, our class had the opportunity to see The Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Stockton’s Experimental Theatre. Overall, I was very impressed with the show. I thought the acting was superb for a college-level production, and I found the scenery to be satisfactory in complimenting the actions of the show. The best part of this production for me was the acting. I thought all of the actors did a great job of portraying different personalities and truly utilizing every tool available to them in order to make their characterization as thorough as possible....   [tags: Actor, Acting, Character, Theatre]

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The Effects Of Television On Children 's Growing Behavior

- Nowadays, there are new and upgraded forms of media we can access everywhere. These media are mostly watched and used by children. Media, such as violent movies, video games and even cartoons, contain horrifyingly graphic pictures that could contribute to children’s growing behavior. A lot of news presented on the television is significantly related to violence. Some children exposed to those media have been seen a murderer or people who are fight and being killed, which they might follow in the future....   [tags: Violence, Media violence research, Aggression]

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Funny Title : Humorous Joke And A Good Laugh

- Funny Title With everything we do there is a potential for a humorous joke and a good laugh. Slamming face first into a glass sliding door, falling into a pit during high school, or tripping in front of your crush is something we have all experienced and can relate to. Humans by nature tend to gravitate to the more positive side of life and between the choice to laugh or to cry we will almost always choose to laugh. Humor is something that comes naturally and is subtle; it is not forced. Humor is based off of real life situations that are not extremely over-exaggerated....   [tags: Comedy, Humor, Humour, Defence mechanism]

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The Relationship Between Humor and Culture: Emma Jameson

- Similar to many other lively pleasures, humor can only be experienced if it resonates with a person. Without some kind of comprehension, there cannot be any type of reaction. Only once an outlandish statement, inappropriate remark, or unexpected situation, is remotely understood will a person be able to label it comical or sober. Since there are billions of people worldwide with their own languages including it’s respective idioms, euphemisms, the age old saying of “there is truth in every joke” applies to each culture individually....   [tags: english speakers, language]

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The Taming of the Shrew: A Comedic Approach

- Tragedy, irony and modernism are only a few interpretations of the valued play The Taming of the Shrew by the respected writer William Shakespeare. However, one of the most intriguing and popular of these analyses is comedy. Shakespeare is recognized for writing several plays with comedic genres, a few of which include Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors. Comedy, being a complex genre, is composed of many different concepts. This particular play can be interpreted as a Shakespearian comedy, a screwball comedy, a farce, or slapstick....   [tags: William Shakespeare plays]

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The Motion Picture Code of the Great Depression

- ... Will Rogers, another famous comedic director, known for his political satire was a huge hit amongst audiences. Films such as Judge Priest, where he played a rustic politician, was a fan favorite amongst crowds. Mafia films were the type of films Hollywood continued to produce at this time. Gangster characters were characters that American citizens could compare themselves too. There was a hint of patriotism in every Gangster film that thrilled audiences. The passion to take away from the rich and give to the poor....   [tags: morale, povery, fantasy, companies]

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William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream

- More than Fools The Roles the Mechanicals Play in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Charlie Diep English 110 Ms.Agra Baroti- Gheorghe December 16, 2014 What do you imagine when you think of a fool. You may think of clowns, or a court jester of ancient times. They only exist to entertain us by way of self-deprecation and slapstick humor. You may also assume that the mechanicals in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are fools as well. However, this is not the case. The Mechanicals help relieve tension, builds plot and elaborates on the main theme....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pyramus and Thisbe]

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The University Playhouse 's Performance Of The Dispute

- The University Playhouse’s performance of The Dispute displayed a conglomeration of Greek, Elizabethan, and French Neoclassical staging conventions. This comedy balanced out elements of presentational theatre and non-localized sets reminiscent of Greek theatre with representational theatre and localized sets resonant of Elizabethan theatre. The presence of elements of comedy, Farce, Satire, and the use of deus ex machina within the play utilized French Neoclassical staging conventions adopted from earlier Greek, Elizabethan, and Italian Renaissance conventions....   [tags: Comedy, Drama, Theatre, Deus ex machina]

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Comparing and Contrasting ‘Teechers’ with ‘Educating Rita’

- Comparing and Contrasting ‘Teechers’ with ‘Educating Rita’ I am going to compare and contrast ‘Teechers’ by John Godber with ‘Educating Rita by Willy Russell. I think the most obvious likeness between the two plays is the theme of education. In Teechers the teaching is dreadful both the teacher and children are not motivated to learn. The teachers hate working at the school because the children are so baldly behaved ‘everyone’s trying to get out’ The tragic teaching also applies to Educating Rita where Frank himself describes his teaching as 'appalling but good enough for his appalling students'....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Beauty and Behavioral Standards and Disney Programs

- When discussing the definition of beauty in today’s society, thin, fair-skinned, and long-haired are all words that are agreeably in the top five adjectives used. These standards of beauty tend to be engraved in brains of children, teens, adults, Americans, Asians, Europeans, men, women, and etc. all day every day. These ideals are portrayed through television commercials, billboards, newspaper ads and all other forms of media, such as Disney channel programs. Behavioral norms are also a major topic depicted in Disney channel programs; these programs depict that certain races, social classes and genders behave in certain ways, some which are sometimes stereotypical....   [tags: social issues, beauty]

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Analysis of In the Mood for Love

- Released in 2000, and called the "…love story of the new millennium" (Time Out New York), In the Mood for Love (2000) is one of the best and most underrated foreign film. From its nostalgic depiction of the 1960s to its artistically appealing cinematography, this film has become a staple in the ever evolving, fast-paced film industry. Consequently, after having watched it I was in a daze for days, day dreaming about the characters, reimaging their fates, this movie could not leave me. I wouldn’t let it....   [tags: Film, Movie]

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Humor as an Argument: A Modest Proposal

- Humor can come in many different forms. Many people are aware of the blatant humor of slapstick, but it takes a keener mind to notice the subtle detail in sarcasm or satire. In A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift was able to create a piece of literature addressing the faults of the Irish culture while embedding in a humorous essay. Swift’s satire allows for the gravity of the Irish standings to be exploited under the disguise of a proposal for economic benefit. The essay, A Modest Proposal, is a proposal to end the economic dilemma in Ireland by selling the poor’s children, at the age of one, for food....   [tags: Jonathan Swift on the flaws of Irish culture]

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The Tragedy of Hamlet by William Shakespeare

- ... Stoppard recontexutalises R&G into bewildered innocents, creating meaning for Stoppardian audiences, mirroring man’s subsequent uncertainty and volatility. Stoppard utilises Absurdist theatre, similar to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot that depicts this disillusioned world “lacking visible character”, as R&G “exist” under absurd circumstances that recurringly defies logic. Existence becomes trivial through slapstick humour, “eighty-five heads in a row!” and R&G’s faltering clichés, “over my head body”....   [tags: phylosophical attitudes, comedy]

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Charlie Chaplin 's Film The Great Dictator

- Charlie Chaplin 's film The Great Dictator (1940) was released in the United Kingdom in December of 1940 and in the United States in March of 1941. World War II has already started, but the United States had yet to enter the War. The film mocks Adolf Hitler and his allies while showing the hardships that the Jews were facing while living in Germany. The film takes a sharp turn from a slapstick comedy to a call to overthrow fascism and to have compassion for our fellow man in the film 's final speech....   [tags: Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator, World War II]

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Analysis Of ' The Double Theft '

- In trying to determine is a story is an urban legend or not, there are several different topics examined within the contents of the story. One of these is regarding how long the story has been around, for stories that are modern are what we consider urban legends and not folktales. A tale that has been around for a significant period of time, but what we would still consider ‘modern’ is “The Double Theft” from The Criminal Mind chapter. In this story, the beginning sentence is, ‘This “true” story was told to me back in 1970 in Silver Spring, Maryland” (Harold, 308)....   [tags: Legend, Urban legend, Folklore, Urban legends]

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Different Styles Of Writing Humor And Tone

- English, it’s one of those required general education courses that we are required to take if we want to graduate. ENC1143 Rhetoric and Narrative is one of those classes. Some would have picked it on their own; I am not one of those people though. English is not one of the most enjoyable subjects for me, mainly because it is not one of my stronger subjects. After trying several times to get out of taking this course, this being my fourth English class because I transferred from another university that required other English courses I still had to take it....   [tags: Writing, Better, Paper, Writing style]

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Walt Disney Studios : Animating American Culture

- Walt Disney Studios: Animating American Culture INTRODUCTION Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s experienced an emerging realism, as films following the interwar period began to focus more on the tensions and struggles of society. Films concerned with crime, sex, and mystery consumed media and painted humanity with a distinctly black color, garnering the “dark style and paranoid thematics of film noir” (Biesen 97). However, not all was strictly dark in the postwar era, with comedy also being used to bring to light the problems of demonstrating normalcy after dreadful warfare....   [tags: Walt Disney, The Walt Disney Company]

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Movie Review : ' Grease 2 '

- In the history of movies, there are great movies that come out. Then, filmmakers try to recreate the brilliance of that movie with a sequel, sometimes many sequels. All to make more money with something that is familiar to everyone. It very rarely works as well a second or third time around. Because the films usually completely dumb down the first movie 's premise and drop the important parts, in favor of something a lot simpler. In some cases, there are some exceptions; sometimes the sequel is better than the original....   [tags: Film, Sequel, Horror film, Steven Spielberg]

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Toy Story 3-D”: Funny and Exciting

- This is the best movie I have taken my kids to see in years. The adventure continues for the toys in the third Toy Story movie where Buzz Lightyear and Woody the cowboy played by Tim Allen and Tom Hanks, must once again find their way back to Andy’s room before he leaves for college. I know the storyline sounds familiar but I truly feel you will be pleased to find that it takes a bit of a twist this time around and ends with a very exciting trip to the landfill while not sparing any of the humor along the way....   [tags: Film Review]

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Dessert Rose: The Waris Dirie Story

- Anyone wishing to see a thought-provoking film grounded in real-life issues should see “Dessert Flower”, a film that chronicles the life of Somali supermodel turned human rights activist Waris Dirie. Based on her 1998 bestselling autobiographical novel of the same title, the story is told through flashbacks. This film, written and directed by German director Sherry Hormann, features Ethiopian model Liya Kebede in the lead role as Dirie. The narrative begins where Waris does: in the scorching deserts of Somalia with her family who were nomadic shepherds....   [tags: super model turned human rights activist]

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Music and Dance: The Rodeo Suite

- As a society, we are constantly pairing things together in hopes of enhancing them: apple pie and ice cream, Indians and cowboys, and most relevant to this paper, music and dance. In an art form like ballet, it seems as though music and dance complement each other equally. Truly, it is hard to picture, or perform, a dance without music. However, this may not be the case for music, even if that music is composed specifically for a dance routine. The compilation of the music and the dancing from a scene in the American cowboy ballet Rodeo will be examined to ultimately help us understand they way in which they serve each other as a unit and their ability to function independently....   [tags: American cowboy ballet]

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The Elements Of The Film Genre

- As stated by English professor and film historian, John Belton, “In the cinema, genre is a term used to designate various categories or motion picture production. Major movie genres include such types of films as musicals, comedies, action and adventure films, Westerns, crime and detective films, melodramas, science fiction and horror films, gangster films, and war films” (123). During the course of this class we have studied a majority of these genres. Recently, we took a look at the development of silent film melodramas (a drama accompanied by music)....   [tags: Film, Film genres, Musical film, Film genre]

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A Reflection On My Family Background

- As the son of an American mother and Greek immigrant father, difference was always the rule rather than the exception for me. While it could seem that my family background would nurture my interest in multiculturalism, it was the discord of this cultural mix that defined my artistic journey and led me to engage and empathize with the stories of people across the world. When I came out to my parents the summer after my freshman year, my father greeted my story with a profound lack of empathy. My mother, though slightly more open, met the news of my sexuality with similar incomprehension....   [tags: Psychology, Understanding]

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The Shadow Of A Gunman

- THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN - Sean O'Casey The Shadow of a Gunman is the first play in Sean O'Casey's Dublin trilogy, first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1923 - James Joyce's Ulysses had been published the year before. It is set in 1920, as the War of Independence rages. The other two Dublin plays are Juno and the Paycock [Peacock], and The Plough and the Stars, the latter of which caused a riot when first performed at the Abbey because nationalists in the audience resented O'Casey's hostile portrayal of the revolutionaries of the 1916 Easter Rising....   [tags: Sean O'Casey]

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TV is Bad for You

- A boy sits at home waiting for his big brother to come home from school. He hears the door shut and a backpack fall to the ground. The boy looks at the clock and sees that it’s around 3:20, so his older brother should be home from school by now. The boy goes into the living room where he sees his brother’s eyes fixated on the TV. The boy asks his brother if he wanted to play some catch outside, “No thanks, I’m fine.” What was odd was that his older brother loved to play catch with him. “How about we shoot some hoops?” His brother replies, “No, maybe some other time.” As he says this his little brother notices that his eyes are glued to the TV screen....   [tags: Television, Reality, Advertisements, Health Risks]

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Biography of Charles Spencer Chaplin

- James Agee once wrote in Life Magazine of Charlie Chaplin’s career as, “The finest pantomime, the deepest emotion, and the richest and most poignant poetry was in his work”. One thing that personally inspires me about Charlie Chaplin was his charisma. In every film he has been apart of, he always manages to make everyone in the room laugh whether using slapstick comedy or the use of simple gags. In this project, I will explore Chaplin’s upbringing, his great movie career, and why Chaplin was unwelcome in the United States during the Red Scare of the 1950’s....   [tags: film, red scare, movie career]

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Technological Innovations in Animated Film

- In the examination of the technological innovations, themed plotlines, and evolving characterizations throughout the near-century of Disney history, one fact becomes inherently apparent: the Disney franchise and its productions have both impacted and been impacted by the circumstances during different cultural eras of American history. Whether it be the incorporation of multiracial princesses in films such as Mulan (1998) and The Princess and the Frog (2009) in the past half century’s age of improved racial relations; the evident austere transformation in the character of Mickey Mouse throughout the Depression days; or the incorporation of wartime propaganda in Donald Duck shorts1, the Disne...   [tags: Disney versus Anime]

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The Art of Brand Naming

- ... While Steven King can emblazon his name on his book larger than the title, and Donald Trump can (and will) put his name on anything from a water bottle to a hotel, you will likely miss out in a few ways using your own name–it will ook egotistical, uncreative, and in the wrong market, it will totally lacks whimsy or everyman appeal. There are exceptions, like Trader Joe's named for founder Joe Coulombe, and of course the eponymous Ben and Jerry's Ice cream. Don't confuse their existing goodwill with the difficulty inherent to how hard it may have been overcoming a plain name–although one could say their names made them approachable given the lack of seriousness to say, ice cream....   [tags: product, marketing, image]

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The Empire Masterpiece # 131

- the EMPIRE masterpiece #131 FOUR LIONS 2010. OUT: NOW CERT:15 WORDS: ANNA OLNEY-SMITH A comedy…about terrorism. Queue the unconvincing stares. Four Lions, at first (disbelieving) glance, seems like another dark satirical comedy that falls short of expectations and raises more disappointment than laughs. The director of this ground-breaking film, amidst the other flops of its kind (think ), is Chris Morris; who, along with Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong wrote the film itself. Morris has recently amassed an impressive body of work in the UK as a satirical writer, director, actor and all-round prankster, and is perhaps best known is his current-affairs TV satires Brass Eye and The Day Today, o...   [tags: Comedy, Satire, Chris Morris, Four Lions]

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Movie Review : Horror Movies

- There is a great assortment of movies that are made each year, and all different genres to choose from. Movies are a massive part of the entertainment area in today 's society. People from all over the world have different opinions about each genre, such as which is their favorite or least favorite. Since the movie selection has such a wide range of genres, it can make for a difficult decision on which one to choose. When picking a movie to watch, a couple of the options are laughing to tears watching Adam Sandler or being scared to death by Freddie Krueger.   Horror movies are supposed to be scary and adrenaline pumping with the purpose of frightening the audience....   [tags: Film, Horror film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off]

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About Comedy Films

- About Comedy Films Our exam topic is based on Comedy films. Comedy is very individual and subjective. Comedy is inherent, different audiences find different things funny. Recently we had just seen a movie called, "There's Something about Marry," starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller. This is a prime example of a comedy film. Comedy Films "make me laugh" - they elicit laughter from the audience. Comedies are light-hearted dramas, designed to amuse and provoke laughter. The comedy genre exaggerates the situation, the language, action, and characters....   [tags: Papers]

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"The Miscreants of Taliwood"

- On Febuary 17th 2010, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art opened their 2010 “Documentary Fortnight” film festival on international non-fiction films and on the 18th, they presented a film by George Gittoes titled “The Miscreants of Taliwood”. This was the third film of a trilogy by George Gittoes, of which the previous two films had also been presented at previous Documentary Fortnights. The MoMA promotional summary advertized the film in a classic travelogue style - “an extraordinary journey to a forbidden zone”....   [tags: Film Critique]

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Very Nice, How Much?

- All films ever made obtain certain elements that allow it to belong to a particular category of movie, or genre. These elements are already decided before the film is made, as the director can’t all of a sudden change his mind in the middle of production and change it from a comedy to a suspense thriller. Movie genres allocate disparity to audiences and let people choose what field of moviemaking most titillates their interests. Borat is a film made with the sole purpose of being presented as a comedy....   [tags: Film Review]

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Showboat: A Revolutionary Production

- Showboat; a Revolutionary Production The 1900’s were a time for great transformations and growth within the theatrical community. Of all types of theater that were developed during that period, musical theater matured into a more respected and widely desired form of entertainment. Musical theater transformed from blackface minstrel shows with gag productions into pieces of reputable theater. One of the most influential productions in making that turn into sophistication is Showboat. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber Showboat was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II (Smith 627)....   [tags: Theater ]

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Italian Culture with Michael

- Michael Murano is a 11 year old who’s ancestry stretches back the year 1540 to Alfonso and Russiano Murano who lived in Salerno Italy. Salerno Italy is located in the south-western part of Italy off the cost of the gulf of Salerno in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Italian culture is extremely diverse and has said to influenced Western culture as well as Europe throughout history. The Renaissance is popularly called the re-birth of art in Europe and was so with many different types of art and entertainment including traditional court style dances, improvisational theater, highly skilled and stunning glass making, and blood filled gladiator bouts....   [tags: Renaissance, commedia, theater, Italy]

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Perception in Other's Eyes

- The foreign eyes which control our individual mind. The people today are illuded with how their society perceives them. The way others perceive us has become equivalent to how we perceive ourselves. This is one of the main themes in Franz Kafka's novel, The Metamorphosis. The protagonist, Gregor is not disturbed with his morphed abnormal physical and tries to continue along his day as a traveling salesman but is restricted due to his cockroach shaped-like body. The absurdity of the novel also adds a sense of slapstick humour along the way to total chaos that ....   [tags: Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis]

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Moilere's Rise to Fame

- Molière was the stage name of French actor and playwright, Jean Baptiste Poquelin, born Paris 1622. In 1643, he joined nine others to produce and perform comedies as a company named ‘Illustre-Théâtre’. In 17th Century Paris the numbers of people visiting theatres was insufficient and within two years, the company was bankrupt. Jean was sent to prison for debts on the properties he owned so when he was released in late 1945, he changed his name to Molière and, for around 13 years, the company made a living by touring the provinces of France....   [tags: playwright, satire, neoclassic]

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What Makes A Person?

- He goes on to add that these main characters can come from any background, the underdogs of society with the most disassembled lives. He/she doesn’t necessarily have to be an actual superhero. But what makes the character so important, is not by their appearance, but their goals. That is essentially one of the ethical details about comedic plays, seeing a person accomplish something that makes them feel happy about themselves. Whether it be getting a lover, promotion at work, or passing an exam....   [tags: Love, Romeo and Juliet, Comedy, Romance]

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History Of Haiku

- In Japan, short poems have a long history. The earliest Japanese poetry such as that of the Manyoshu, written in 759 A.D., includes stirring narrative, dramatic and short lyrical poems which scholars believe were originally written as part of the pre-Buddhist or early Shinto ceremonial rituals (Haiku). This anthology includes anonymous songs and prayers designed to celebrate and pacify the gods, prayers for safe voyages, formal eulogies on the death of an Emperor or Empress and courting, marriage, planting and harvesting rituals....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Comparing the Miller's Tale and the Reeve's Tale

- Comparing the Miller's Tale and the Reeve's Tale In the conclusion between the Miller's Tale and the Reeve's Tale, the Reeve's Tale is far more insulting and malicious and convincingly closer to the true definition of quiting, then the Miller's Tale. The Reeve's Tale defines what trickery and evildoing and cuckolding is. The Miller's Tale is more of a tale dealing with a form of black 'humor and slapstick comedy, rather than a succession of put-downs which occurred in the Reeve's Tale....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quixote De La Mancha

- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quixote De La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish writer that is most well known for his novel Don Quixote De La Mancha. The novel was written and set in about the late sixteenth to early seventeenth century and was written in Cervantes native language. The author narrates most of the novel’s action in the third person, following Don Quixote’s action and only occasio0nally entering into the thoughts of his characters. He switches into the first person, however, whenever he discusses the novel itself....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Farcical Elements in Taming of the Shrew

- The Farcical Elements in Taming of the Shrew A long time ago, a drunken man fell asleep outside an alehouse. This man, Christopher Sly, was discovered by a mischievous lord who took him into his home. The witty lord then convinced Sly that he was a lord, as well. The lord then put on a play for him. The play, The Taming of the Shrew, was about the two young daughters of Baptista. The youngest daughter, Bianca, wished to wed but her father, Baptista, would not allow this until his eldest daughter, Katherina, was married....   [tags: Free Essays]

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A Knight's Tale

- The Canterbury Tales begin with The Knight’s Tale; which chronicles the tragic love triangle of Palamon, Arcite and Emilye. The following tale, which is told by the Miller, is also a love triangle, and is in many ways similar to the Knight’s tale. However, the Miller’s tale sharply contrasts the Knight’s, almost parodying it. The Knight’s tale is a tragic of nobility, heritage and focuses heavily on mythology and astrology, whereas The Miller’s tale is a comedy, focusing on the common-man and his less civilized, and bawdy lifestyle....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Baz Luhrmann's Film Techniques to Make Romeo and Juliet More Accessible to a Younger Audience

- Baz Luhrmann's Film Techniques to Make Romeo and Juliet More Accessible to a Younger Audience The story of Romeo and Juliet has been added to and adapted to over the year's though different film productions, but none more spectacular and popular as the 'Blockbuster' Luhrmann created. Luhrmann turned an Elizabethan play into a modern day action packed film all could relate to and understand. Luhrmann turned a historical tragedy into an up-beat action packed love story. Luhrmann had an enormous potential for the movie he was to create, and also had confidence in making a success of it....   [tags: Papers]

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Katherina and Petruchio's Relationship to the Title of the Play Taming of the Shrew

- Katherina and Petruchio's Relationship to the Title of the Play Taming of the Shrew In my essay, I am going to try and show my understanding and knowledge of how Shakespeare presents Katherina and Petruchio throughout the novel, and how this makes us understand the title of 'Taming of the shrew'. I will show how their relationship changes throughout the novel as the 'taming' process of Katherina progresses, and the ways in which we see how she is tamed. The novel 'The taming of the shrew' is set in 16th century Elizabethan England....   [tags: Papers]

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Michael Ondaatje's Relationship with his Father in his Work, Running in the Family

- Michael Ondaatje's Relationship with his Father in his Work, Running in the Family The jacket description embossed on the back cover of the Vintage publication of Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family gives the reader a false sense of what the book is about. To some it is a "lyrical and witty" tale of "broken engagements, and drunken suicide attempts," and to some it may be "an inspired marriage of travel narrative and family memoir" (jacket). The front cover, however, provides the most valuable information about the book....   [tags: Running in the Family Essays]

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Analysis of Halloween by John Carpenter and Evil Dead by Sam Raimi

- Analysis of Halloween by John Carpenter and Evil Dead by Sam Raimi The horror genre is characterized by the attempt to make the viewer experience dread, fear and terror. Some of the most common elements include vampires, zombies and werewolves. One of the films which I am going to analyze is “Halloween” by John Carpenter which starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence. This film was made in 1978; this was considered the film which started the “slasher film” genre. This genre was continued in dozens of violent movies throughout the 1980s....   [tags: Papers]

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The Use of Humour in The Opposite Sex by Laurie Lee

- Examine fully the writers use of humour in The Opposite Sex by Laurie Lee This essay aims to examine the use of humour in Laurie Lee's short story 'The Opposite Sex'. It tells the story of a teenage boy who is led to his first sexual experience. As much of Laurie Lee's writing was autobiographical or loosely based upon his own life we may assume that this is the tale of Lee's first sexual encounter, yet there is no definite proof to support this argument. Lee was born in 1914 and raised in his birth-town of Slad, Gloucestershire where he later went on to set many of his novels, including 'The Opposite Sex'....   [tags: English Literature]

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As You Like It Essay: Violating the Established Social Order

- Violating the Established Social Order in As You Like It       The recent White House sex scandal raised issues about gender, desire, and an established social order - issues that questioned established social norms and ideas about the power and politics of sex. Our society is not the first to recognize the effects that sexual politics and gender relations have had on social order, however. The works of William Shakespeare are ample evidence that Elizabethan England was firmly in touch with these notions....   [tags: Shakespeare As You Like It Essays]

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