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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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Slaughterhouse-Five Essay: Irony, Dark Humor, and Satire

- Irony, Dark Humor, and Satire in Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut uses a combination of dark humor and irony in Slaughterhouse-Five. As a result, the novel enables the reader to realize the horrors of war while simultaneously laughing at some of the absurd situations it can generate. Mostly, Vonnegut wants the reader to recognize the fact that one has to accept things as they happen because no one can change the inevitable. Although Slaughterhouse-Five may not be filled with delightful satire and comical scenes, there are accounts which the force the reader to laugh....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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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 yo...   [tags: Vonnegut Cat's Cradle]

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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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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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An Analysis of Comedians and Humor

- “Every joke has a kernel of truth.” A common saying such as this has numbed us to the reality of what jokes really are. Many comedians allow their outrageously dark thoughts to dictate their routines. Audiences listen waiting to hear ridiculous puns and jokes completely unaware of the twisted messages behind most punch lines. By analyzing comedians Jim Gaffigan, Dane Cook, Maz Jobrani, and Aries Spears through the frame of reference given by Professor Peter McGraw in “What Makes Things Funny,” we will understand the implicit message received through an explicit joke....   [tags: the truth behind jokes]

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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]

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Dissecting the Ideology of Satire

- ... Golding isn’t interested in the smaller human traits these boys are showing, but rather that social animal within them. By showing the boys as “followers” of whoever is leading them, mindlessness is being satirized. When the boys are first on the island, they conclude they need to elect a new leader. None of the boys know each other except for the choir boys. The boys who vote for Ralph, decide only because he was the one that blew the conch (Golding). Golding is satirizing the civilized voters in that time period, as being followers that maintain sheep like voting behaviors....   [tags: writing technique using humor and irony]

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The Distasteful Communication of Insulting and Humor in Daily Life

- There is no end to the ways that insults and humor are constantly at work in daily life. They are a large part of the fabric that makes up human socialization and communication. When these two effects are mingled, the result can either be very entertaining or very distasteful. This leads one to wonder what elements need to be mixed together to tip the scales in one direction or the other. It is really the combination of delivery, environment, personalities, and audience that make insult humor funny....   [tags: laughable, entertain, comedy]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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The Humor in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- The Humor in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Comedy should entertain a general audience. It is usually a dramatic work that is light, and often satirical in tone. Horace Walpole once said that "life is like a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel." This can be said to be true in as we tend to laugh at comic characters, particularly comic double acts, but "feel" with tragic heroes. The audience at a comedy is likely to feel itself to be slightly superior to, and therefore distant from, the comic figures, even the romantic leads, if it is to laugh at their follies....   [tags: Papers]

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A Review of Wait Until Dark

- A Review of Wait Until Dark Frederick Knott wrote the classic thriller, Wait Until Dark, in 1964. The cast consists of several colorful and delightful characters, Harry Roat, Mike Talman, SGT Carlino, Jr., Susy Hendrix, Sam Hendrix, and the upstairs neighbor, Gloria. The play is set in a dimly lit, small basement apartment in Greenwich Village. The leader of the three con men, Harry Roat, encompasses madness and ruthlessness that provokes squirming, white-knuckled fright. Harry veers from calculating one moment to inept and indifferent the next....   [tags: Papers]

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and the Dark Shadow Within

- The horror genre is synonymous with images of terror, violence and human carnage; the mere mention of horror movies evokes physical and psychological torture. As remarked by noted author Stephen King “the mythic horror movie…has a dirty job to do. It deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us. It is morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized.” (King, 786). At manageable intervals, we choose to live these horrific events vicariously through the characters in horror movies and books as a means of safely experiencing the “what if”....   [tags: Horror Films]

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Importance of Humor and Laughter in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

- Importance of Humor and Laughter in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest "There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third." In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, humor is present in a very powerful form. Normally, insane people don’t have the capacity to laugh or find the humor in something as we "normal" people do. They live tragic existences, wandering day by day in the bland, depressing world of an asylum....   [tags: One Flew Over Cuckoos Nest]

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A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'connor

- Brutality, humor, religion, and violence are a few themes portrayed throughout many of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories. In many of her short stories, O’Connor exposes the dark side of human nature and implements violent and brutal elements in order to emphasize her religious viewpoints. In the short stores “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Revelation”, O’Connor explicitly depicts this violence to highlight the presence and action of holy grace that is given to a protagonist who exudes hypocritical qualities....   [tags: horror appeal, short stories, brutality, humor]

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Witty Humor

- I am not funny. If you were to ask my friends, they would inform you that I am only funny when I am not trying to be, as in the times when I trip and fall (which happens more often than I would like) or perform some other unintentional folly. If you were to ask someone else who doesn’t know me well, I am certain that “awkward” or “quiet” would be the words chosen to describe me far more often than “hilarious”. When I do try to be funny, I am generally aware that my jokes are bad; I rely on corniness and silly mannerisms rather than wit to elicit laughter....   [tags: Humor ]

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Therapeutic Use of Humor Description

- The therapeutic use of humor can be loosely defined as any activities that use the positive emotional responses associated with humor, smiling and laughter to specifically benefit one or more clients’ social, emotional, physical, cognitive or wellness domains. Using humor, therapeutically, involves establishing specific desired outcomes for a client which are facilitated by the use of humor and related techniques. Dattilo & McKenney, (2011) define the therapeutic use of humor when “specialists and others use humor in practice, they play for it to lead to specific therapeutic outcomes”....   [tags: humor, therapeutic recreation, clowns]

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Understanding Concepts of Humor

- A good way that people describe a society would have to be through satirical devices. Voltaire is one of those many authors that use humor through his book, Candide, in order to make fun of his society. This is satirical books depicts many different topics in a society. To begin with in the book Candide, the main character goes through a series of adventures and murders in order to preserve his love to Cunegonde. Then again Candide can’t go through all of this without his partner D.r Pangloss from the beginning of the book....   [tags: Society, Humor, Satirical Devices, Voltaire]

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Australian Humor and the Australian Identity

- Australian humour is very unique to Australia, and many other cultures find it quite unusual. It can be described as dry, anti-authoritarian, self-mocking, very ironic and as to stretch the boundaries of what is acceptable. Our humour is seen through our use of slang, print cartoons, radio sketches, comedy series’ on television, films, everyday life and in Australian literature. According to the Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus , humour means, “The quality of being funny; the ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous; situations, speech or writings that are humorous”....   [tags: Australia, Humor, ]

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Shashi Deshpande’s Dark Holds no Terrors

- “Grown men can learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss” -Black Elk- The healthy growth of the mind and the intellect of children is a much discussed topic in the modern world. The physical wellbeing and intellectual growth of children vary according to the environment in which they live. Within the social system we find specialized gendered spaces that permit or forbid natural advancement of children....   [tags: Dark Holds no Terrors]

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Characters of Dark City

- Characters of Dark City                          I did my book report on Dark City by Frank Lauria.  The main characters in the book were John Murdoch, Mr. Hand, and Mr. Book.  Since Murdoch woke up in the icy bathtub in a strange room, he has been suspicious of everything. He is wanted for a series of brutal murders which he can’t remember committing.  He later finds out that he posses a power called tuning, which allows you to stop time and alter peoples perceptions.  Sort of like brain manipulation.  He soon finds out that he is being pursued by an alien race who call themselves the Strangers.  They want him because he is immune to their brain manipulation, so he is a threat...   [tags: Dark City]

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In the Shadows: Examining Light and Dark Imagery in "Romeo and Juliet"

- John Steinbeck once said “It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone”. In order to appreciate something for all that it truly is, one must learn to compare it to its opposite. These opposites both complement each other and bring out the worst in one another. Moreover, they also produce energy through the tension they create. This is true of opposition everywhere, literature included. Authors often make use of it, thus making their works more interesting and relatable....   [tags: energy, light, dark, setting, love]

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Fear In the Damp and Dark Gap

- Fear In the Damp and Dark Gap The usual signification of the French feminist's "gap" transformed by Jack Bushnell from silent entrapment to a meaning that signifies the "gap" as that which frees the other and allows for the generation of a voice of the other's own Circus of the Wolves. The famous masculine--self and feminine--other opposition will be freely utilized with the man and the circus representing the former and Kael and nature the latter. Gaps appear literally and figuratively throughout the text and with each appearance its meaning slowly, slowly, alters in the previously stated manner....   [tags: In the Damp and Dark Gap]

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Analysis of A Cry in the Dark

- Analysis of A Cry in the Dark A Cry in the Dark, based on a true story, is about a mother whose baby is killed during a camping trip along with her husband. The mother, Lindy Chamberlain claims to have seen her baby being carried away by a dingo and then assumes that the dingo is the cause of her baby's death. As she reports this to the police, she is inconsistent with some of the details that she reports along with other factors that stood against her, the police, meda, and even people watching this take place as it caused commotion in the news, accuse her of murdering the child....   [tags: A Cry in the Dark Religion Christianity Essays]

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Atrocities in Stafford's Traveling Through the Dark

- Atrocities in Stafford's Traveling Through the Dark Is a drive just a drive, or is it a metaphor that imparts appreciation for life's fragility while simultaneously lamenting man's inability to appropriately confront, or understand, death. William Stafford's "Traveling Through the Dark" illustrates the mechanisms by which seemingly mundane events become probes into the mystery and ambiguity of the human condition. The poem's situation is simple, a lone traveler driving along a desolate canyon road spots a felled deer; the traveler, desiring neither to hit the deer, nor by swerving to avoid it, hurtle his car over the canyon precipice, stops his vehicle and proceeds to push the falle...   [tags: Traveling Through Dark]

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William Stafford's Traveling Through the Dark

- Profound Meaning in William Stafford's Traveling Through the Dark The power of the poet is not only to convey an everyday scene into a literary portrait of words, but also to interweave this scene into an underlying theme. The only tool the poet has to wield is the word. Through a careful placement and selection of words, the poet can hopefully make his point clear, but not blatantly obvious. Common themes of poems are life, death, or the conflicting forces thereto. This theme could never possibly be overused because of the endless and limitless ways of portraying life or death through the use of different words....   [tags: Stafford Traveling Through the Dark Essays]

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Importance of Control in Stafford's Traveling Through the Dark

- Importance of Control in Stafford's Traveling Through the Dark In William Stafford's "Traveling Through the Dark," the narrator encounters a dead deer on the edge of the road. He knows that the safe and proper course of action is to push the deer into the canyon, but when he finds that the doe was near giving birth before she died, he hesitates to kill the unborn fawn. Stafford's central idea in the poem revolves around the decision the narrator makes to sacrifice the deer in order to clear the road of obstacles, so that others who drive on the dark, narrow road won't have to swerve....   [tags: Traveling Through Dark]

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Traveling Through the Dark by William Stafford

- Traveling Through the Dark by William Stafford In his poem, "Traveling Through the Dark," William Stafford presents the reader with the difficulty of one man's choice. Immediately, the scene is set, with the driver, who is "traveling though the dark" (line 1) coming upon a recently killed deer. At first, his decision with what to do with the deer is easy; he knows he must push it off the edge for the safety of other motorists, but then, a closer examination of the deer reveals to the man new circumstances....   [tags: Papers William Stafford Through Dark Essays]

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Home Before Dark by Susan Wiggs

- In the book Home Before Dark by Susan Wiggs, Lila is a fifteen-year-old girl whose overwhelming desire to be popular is affecting all of her decisions. Lila’s mom Luz describes her current behavior as “some sort of identity crisis”. Specifically Luz states, “She’s been getting in trouble at school, acting out, that sort of thing. You saw how she acted toward me. My sweet little fairy child has turned into a demon, skipping school, sneaking out at night, climbing the water tower, rappelling off the train bridge, skinny-dipping in Eagle Lake....   [tags: Analysis Susan Wiggs Home Before Dark]

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A Sense of Humor

- Novelist and grocer Evan Kingston states that, “Humour is a tool, like characterization or dialogue, and its foolhardly for any writer to rise to the impossible task of communicating the unspeakable with less than all”. In literature to use humour in a narrative is often justified along the lines of a comedic structure. It is a genre that can be mixed and connected with more than one type of literary work. In Canadian literature, I have noticed that works, like King and Compton, often illustrate social issues regarding gender, oppression and multiculturalism....   [tags: literature, humour, stereotype, King, Compton]

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The Use of Humor

- Humor is portrayed as the main theme of the two essays by Margaret Atwood, Female Body, and Why We Crave Horror Movies by Stephen King. However, due to different subject matter being discussed, the humor employed in each is dissimilar in many ways. The essay by Atwood is written in relation to the body of a female in which she manages to give the readers a sensitivity of the female body with a comparison of a female mentality to that of a man. She crafts her essay using humorous approach such as wit and inscrutability....   [tags: irony, horror, style]

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Robert Browning's Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

- Robert Browning's Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came  Robert Browning's "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" is a poem about torture. Whether Roland is actually in Hell or just trapped in the madness of his mind, his own failure and the way in which he wasted his life will continue to torment him for all eternity. The imagery throughout the poem displays a completely despairing attitude, and several bitter ironies which he cannot escape plague him during his quest. The title "Childe" implies an untested knight, but Roland is already jaded at the beginning of the poem....   [tags: Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came Essays]

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Themes of Dark They Were And Golden Eyed by Ray Bradbury

- In the story Dark They Were And Golden Eyed, by Ray Bradbury, a great story that he develops themes of fear, change and symbol and label. The author uses techniques of similes, metaphors and personification that explain and convey them to the reader very powerfully. A clear and important theme developed in the story by Ray Bradbury through the use of personification is fear. In the sentence, ?The fear was never gone. it lay with Mr and Mrs Bittering, a third unbidden partner at every midnight talk?....   [tags: Dark They Were And Golden Eyed, by Ray Bradbury]

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Definitions for Humor

- There are several definitions for humor (2011), one being “[t]he ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd”. The emission of smiles or laughter does not constitute something or someone is humorous, but is often a reaction to humor also known as mirth. Over the years, there have been several articles written on the use of humor in both the medical and psychological fields. In regard to the psychological field, this body of literature most often covers the definition of therapeutic humor, the benefits of humor in therapy, the risks and limitations associated with the use of humor in therapy, and therapeutic humor techniques with the need for traini...   [tags: Psychology]

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Motherhood in The Summer Before the Dark by Kate Brown and The Fifth child by Harriet Lovatt

- Motherhood in The Summer Before the Dark by Kate Brown and The Fifth child by Harriet Lovatt Motherhood is a traditional role for women. From the time they are young, girls are taught to grow up, marry and become mothers. Of course they can do other things with their lives like play sports, have careers, and travel, but an overwhelming amount of women want to be mothers no matter what else they accomplish with their lives. It is common knowledge that being a good mother is one of the hardest jobs in the world....   [tags: Dark Brown fifth Lovatt Essays]

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Dark Matter and Dark Energy

- ... The effects of dark energy were first seen in the 1990’s when scientists were watching IA supernovae. Scientists had already figured out how to calculate the distance of Ia supernovae, and they thought they knew the distance of the supernovae, but they were off by a lot, which means that there is an energy source that is pushing the universe apart. The Theories of Dark Matter and Dark Energy What are there two phenomena though. There is very little that is known, but we do know alot of what they are not....   [tags: theories, universe, gravity, supernovae]

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Dark Matter and Dark Energy

- ... The galaxies we observe today would fly apart because they wouldn't have enough matter to create a strong enough gravity to hold themselves together. Dark matter is also responsible for amplifying small fluctuations in the Cosmic Microwave Background back in the early universe to create the large scale structure we observe in the universe today. Astronomers are still in the hunt of the Dark energy and dark matter but they haven’t found none. They are undetectable which makes it very hard for them to see or convince others to believe in their existence....   [tags: armillary, mysteries, exist, universe, force]

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The Benefits of Humor for Our Health

- ... For example, a classroom that uses humorous posters on the wall or cartoons that make students laugh makes for a more relaxed atmosphere, similar to using humor in playing music in a gym to motivate exercise. Anise indicated, “Humor is a motivator; use it to your advantage while working out…researchers at Vanderbilt University have even found that hearty laughter can burn calories equivalent to several minutes on the rowing machine or the exercise bike!” (Anise). Humor can certainly liven up any subject being discussed or presented, either in the work or school setting, or even in the home setting, while doing homework....   [tags: learning, healing, feel, good, aids]

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Humor in the Filipino Culture

- Often people find themselves running on autopilot, doing a routine, and just being where they are supposed to be without even noticing it. Human beings consist of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects. Therefore, from time to time everyone needs a break from reality to fulfill not only their tasks, but also their wants and needs to survive. Through humor, human beings could take a break from the serious, day-to-day activities in life. Humor serves each person tendencies to laugh to provide amusement....   [tags: physical, mental, social, emotional, spiritual]

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Humor is a Way of Life

- What would your life be like without any humor in it. In The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie tells stories about the reservation. While reading this book of stories he throws in a lot of things that get you thinking about alcohol on the reservation, where you’d be without parents, and where you’d be without humor. Humor in my perspective is a thing you can fall back on when your day is going all the ways you were hoping it wouldn’t. On the reservation, although it may not be like your type of humor, they use it as a way to clear their heads....   [tags: Shermaln Alexie, stories about reservation]

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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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Humor and Healing the Research

- Humor and Healing the Research General Purpose: To inform Specific Purpose: To inform my listeners about the benefits of laughter & how to incorporate it in their daily life Central Idea: Humor incorporated in your daily life promotes emotional, mental, and physiological healing INTRODUCTION I. Attention Device & Rapport Building (Self-Disclosure) A. Humor [Infomercial]. 1. Different types of humor- this product is authentic. Not like all those copycats………. 2. Positive Effects of humor B. Humor [PowerPoint slide will be shown]....   [tags: Psychology ]

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Language Change in Humor Magazines

- A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. I love the vowels. And the consonants… Europe, Asia, I think Gilligan’s Island was one of them. – Frank Caliendo impersonating George Bush Language is our gateway to understanding the world around us, but it is always evolving; the words we use everyday are constantly changing. Since the mid 20th century, some terms common to that time have either dropped off or have evolved to mean something different than its original intent. However, language that is used for a different areas evolve in different ways....   [tags: Language ]

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The Humor of Lewis Carroll

- The works of Lewis Carroll, and in particular Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, cannot be read without noting the author’s mastery of wit. The creativity and insight permeating the humor in these texts are so clever and artful that the parody, pun, and nonsense are themselves the topic of many a critical essay. Most literature on the subject claims one of two things: either that the humor in his writing is inspired by his mathematical inclinations, or that it is a byproduct of an astounding innate linguistic aptitude....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The True Face of Lowbrow Humor

- Following Chaucer’s description of the Miller in the General Prologue, The Miller’s Tale reveals a man who is more complex than his appearance initially suggests. The Miller’s Tale is a fabliau that consists of events of “cuckoldry,” “foolishness,” and “secrets” (1720, 1718, and 1719). Given the bawdy humor of his story, the Miller would seem to be crude and superficial. As the tale unfolds, it depicts how the norms of society trap John’s wife, Alison, in her marriage. Despite his fondness for vulgarity and fraudulence, the Miller is surprisingly sympathetic toward Alison....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Miller's Tale]

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Humor Is the Cure for Ignorance

- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a bildungsroman, a novel that traces the intellectual, moral, and psychological growth of a young protagonist. The novel is largely motivated by two conflicts: the external conflict to bring Jim to freedom, and the internal conflict within Huck between his own sense of right and wrong and society's definition of right and wrong. Huck has a series of "adventures," making many observations on human nature and the South as he does. He progressively rejects the values of the dominant society and matures morally as he does....   [tags: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]

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Cognitive Understanding and Humor

- A) An evolutionary idea suggests humor is significant because the ability to be humorous inclines that one has great cognitive understand and substantial genetic fitness; as well it is a characteristic that is highly desirable by both males and females. This genetic quality also suggests the possible interest for a potential or already existing relationship. The purpose of the research was to question whether humor may lead to attraction or if attraction leads to humor. If possible, interest in a relationship is demonstrated by humor or intellectual conversation....   [tags: relationship study]

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Humor and Group Development

- Introduction: Humor and Group Development Having groups in the workplace is extremely important as well as the worker’s desire to have a fun work environment fulfilled. Proper use of humor in the workplace makes it possible for both needs to happen. Being able to understand the connection between different types of humor and groups leads to successful group development (Fine & Saucey, 2005, p.1) You will find information on the different ways to communicate humor and the who-what-when-where and why it affects people in the workplace....   [tags: workplace, efficiency, capabiluty, knowledge]

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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]

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Intercultural Communication Through Humor

- I delve into this research project hoping to acquire more information about humor and language. What makes some things funny and others not. How much of humor is based on culture or intellectual development. What I found was that no one really knows these answers yet. What there has been research on is humor and communication. To narrow my focus further, I chose to examine research papers relating specifically to intercultural communication through humor. I picked two studies to analyze which cover opposite ends of the intercultural humor spectrum....   [tags: Communication ]

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Humor of South Park

- Manbearpig: Half Man, Half Bear, Half Pig, but All Global Warming. South Park is a popular animated comedy series written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. While the episodes of South Park are always humorous on the surface, each show usually has a deeper, much more profound meaning and moral. One episode of South Park entitled Manbearpig, named after the monster in the episode, has a particularly potent deeper meaning. On the surface, the episode pokes fun at monster stories, politics, and specifically Al Gore....   [tags: TV Review]

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The Importance of Humor

- Humor is the tendency to look at things from the mirthful or incongruous side. It is the quality that makes something laughable or amusing. Humor is the ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing or comical. It is the source of laughter and the catalyst of smiles. Humor is the spark that lights our eyes as well as the cause of tears that never grows old. Humor is a state of mind. Most of us have a tendency to regard a clever sense of humor as the distinction of a person who is good hearted and friendly, someone people feel at ease with....   [tags: Informative Essays]

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The Road Into the Dark

- But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Sole. For as they walk through the cobblestone streets, they whisper their goodbye to the great gardens and the uniform but inviting homes. There are no mansions or palaces because, to the people of Sole, all who dwell there live in mansions. The city itself, a palace. They enter the grand courtyard and slowly pass the fruit trees with the golden leaves shimmering in the moist breeze. The voice of wind blows in from the ocean on the Eastern shore of the city....   [tags: Creative Writing 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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Traveler in the Dark

- As one grows older, the problems he or she is confronted with cannot easily be hugged and kissed away as one could as a child. Religion can present such problems; problems that torment and that are not easily resolved, such as in the play “Traveler in the Dark” by Marsha Norman. “Traveler in the Dark” published in 1984, presents the audience with a man that seems to have an ethnocentric view of life, mainly focusing on the aspects of religion. Internal conflicts such as the one in “Traveler in the Dark,” are not uncommon plots in Norman’s plays....   [tags: Theater ]

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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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The Use of Humor in the Writings of Mark Twain

- What is humor. With humor we think of something that is obvious, something that sticks out to us in a book or in a paper that makes us laugh. Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, included numerous occasions of humor throughout his writings, though Mark Twain makes his humor very dry and sometimes hard to tell that it is even there. Mark Twain, unlike most authors, includes humor in his writings without it being blatantly obvious. In a small excerpt from an essay by Naomi Hori on humor in one of Twain’s writings, she writes, “Let me clarify the features of Twain’s laughter....   [tags: American Literature ]

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Use of Humor in Sherman Alexie's Works

- In “A Drug Called Tradition,” one function of Alexie’s humor is that it prevents the characters’ pain from intensifying. For example, at the beginning of the story, Alexie starts with humor to mitigate his characters’ pain. After Junior shouts at Thomas, questioning “[h]ow come your fridge is always fucking empty,” Thomas goes inside the refrigerator and sits down, replying Junior “[t]here…It ain’t empty no more,” which makes everyone in the kitchen laugh (Alexie 12). As seen in this example, humor keeps the characters from being depressed and painful in spite of their poverty....   [tags: Pain Alleviation with Comedy]

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Defining Different Types of Comedy and Humor

- Have you ever noticed how some things can seem very simple, but in fact, are quite complex under further analysis. A great example of this is music. What do you think of when you hear the word music. Do you think of that hot new hit by your favorite artists such as Fall Out Boy, Lil Wayne, or Katy Perry. On the other hand, maybe you think of some old geezers playing violins and actual instruments in an orchestra. Maybe music isn’t as simple as you thought. There is rhythm, tempo, meter, sound, dynamics, harmonies, keys, time, and a whole lot more....   [tags: classification, definition]

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Satire and Black Humor in Dr. Strangelove

- Even though Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb screened in the midst of the sobering Cold War, critics were keen on praising the film for its mastery of humor applied to such a sensitive matter. The film is exceedingly loaded with metaphors, innuendos, and allusions that nothing can be left undissected or taken for face value; the resulting effect is understood to be part of Kubrick’s multifarious theme. Kubrick has stated that what began as a “the basis for a serious film about accidental war ” eventually birthed an absurd and farcical classic comedy....   [tags: Film Review]

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Political Satire: The Humor of Washington on Television

- When we watch the news, the events in the world of politics are discussed, we would hear about the showdown in Capitol Hill about a vote to appeal tax benefits or the President of the United States getting involved in the siege of war between two countries. But with a serious tone including humorous effects, political satire is expressed to the television world. TV shows such as the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Colbert report, and Saturday night live and their fake news segment called “Weekend Update” are prime examples of political satire; they use the current events of politics and other events in a comedic and humorous tone....   [tags: News, Politics, Current Events, Media, Comedy]

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Humor in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

- ... When Romeo asks Mercutio what his dream was about, Mercutio says, “That dreamers often lie” (1.4.53). In this instance, the play on the word “lie” is witty and clever. Mercutio is stating that dreams “lie” as dreamers “lie.” Although humorous and comedic, this is thematically important, as it stresses the fabrications as well as the deceptions in dreams. Through the use of this pun we acquire that Romeo and Juliet choose to pin their hopes on a dream, and we later learn, that these dreams and hopes end with tragic results....   [tags: literary devices, love, tragic results]

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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 Dark Avengers

- Heroes come in all shapes and sizes; tall, dark, handsome, ugly, astute, or mentally handicapped, and Shane is no exception. He rode into their lives with temperance and vigor, and left a legacy behind. How does one deal with a shady business man who is hell bent on wanted and willful destruction of freedom. Brute force has always been the heroes approach. Shane rode into a small town in Wyoming and met a family, who with all their respect needed a hero. Both of the stories that I will tell, including Shane’s and the story of Tombstone had their similarities, and also had their differences....   [tags: Literary Review ]

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The Dark Knight

- I was dressed as a dark knight or rather, what the Knights of the Blooming Orchid thought a dark knight female would dress. My armor was a metallic black with foreign designs inlaid on it. It was strapless, covering my chest, but emphasizing what little cleavage I possessed. The armor continued down to my hips and stopped. The metal was custom-made, only fitting, as well as showing off, the curves of my body. My boots were made of soft, sturdy leather dyed black to match the night. The boots went up to my thighs leaving about a foot of white skin between it and the armor....   [tags: creative writing, imaginative writing]

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The Dark Heart

- Copper rays extended beyond the reach of the open window pane, weaving their way passed the swaying emerald curtains and across the hardwood floor. Catherine sat on the edge of her neatly made bed, her arms crossed tightly against her cotton clad bosom. Her dark irises were fixated upon the cherry wood planks that rested beneath her bare feet, and her creamy blonde locks, long and wavy, spilled messily over her slumped shoulders. Her eyes were glossed over and weary, evidence of a sleepless night etched onto her face....   [tags: short story]

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The Dark Nurse

- I awoke with a start, gasping for air, my spine throbbing. My torso ached as though I had just fallen off a three-story building and had the misfortune to have survived. I tried to move, but every time I attempted to roll over, a sharp jabbing pain jolted throughout my body. I-V tubes threaded through my arms, their narrow canals transferring clear liquids, from large bladder-like bags, into my veins. The pungent smell of fresh sanitizer assaulted my nostrils so strongly that needles seemed to prick the inside of my nose with every breath....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays]

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Use of Humor in Erdrich's Tracks

- Use of Humor in Erdrich's Tracks             An old adage claims that laughter is the best medicine to cure human ailments.  Although this treatment might sound somewhat unorthodox, its value as a remedy can be traced back to ancient times when Hypocrites, in his medical treatise, stressed the importance of  “a gay and cheerful mood on the part of the physician and patient fighting disease” (Bakhtin 67).  Aristotle viewed laughter as man’s quintessential privilege:  “Of all living creatures only man is endowed with laughter” (Bakhtin 68).  In the Middle Ages, laughter was an integral part of folk culture.  “Carnival festivities and the comic spectacles and ritual connected with them ha...   [tags: Erdrich Tracks]

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Appropriate Humor in Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

- ... Who are these nutcases who would volunteer for an artificially daunting situation in order to entertain millions of strangers with their half-assed efforts to survive. Then I remember where I am and why I am here." The last sentence adds a little cohesiveness to the situation. This humor tied loose-ends that the reader might now have fully grasped without it. Ehrenreich knew that most audiences most easily connect with humor; therefore, she used it very frequently. This sarcasm not only keeps readers involved, but it also makes certain connections that they would not normally put together....   [tags: tragedy, hopelessness]

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Stephen King, A Voice in the Dark

- Stephen King; A voice in the Dark “People always ask me why I write such terrifying stories, and my reply always is; Why do you think I have a choice?” Stephen King is one of the world’s bestselling authors (and was before J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter). he is most known for his Horror stories, like IT or ‘Salem’s Lot. But also for his Horror/Fantasy novels, Like The Dark Tower Series. He writes about his fears, his problems, and things he’s overcome, and sometimes the odd. Stephen King (full name is Stephen Edwin King) was born on September 21st, 1947 in the small town of Portland, Maine....   [tags: horror stories, writing, fantasy novels]

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Overview of the Dark Souls Videogame

- Dark Souls is an infamously challenging action roleplaying video game produced by Namco. Set in an open world environment, Dark Souls - like it's spiritual predecessor, Demon's Souls - offers the player a formidable challenge while they explore the vast world of the game. Both Souls have been universally praised by critics and fans alike. In the words of Michael Thomsen for slate.com, "There is real beauty in Dark Souls. It reveals that life is more suffering than pleasure, more failure than success, and that even the momentary relief of achievement is wiped away by new levels of difficulty....   [tags: technology, video game, namco]

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Sense of Humor: Good for Life, Good for Health

- Laughter is the best medicine for relieving stress and tension, improving creativity, and giving more power boosts. Nowadays, sense of humor is used as a factor of relationship, from the sense you can choose your friends from best friend to worst friend. This sense effects on relationships in either a negative or a positive way. Sense of humor is bringing people closer to each other, increasing the amount of love to couples, and broking up some relationships with others. Sense of humor is one of the greatest factors of bringing people closer to each other more than before....   [tags: laughter is the best medicine]

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Use of Humor by Woody Allen and Sigmund Freud

- The concept of humor is an incredibly complicated one, having undergone complex analyses and innumerable manners of usage from the times of the ancient Greeks through the modern era. Masters of comedy and their works have become part of the human experience, widely ranging from Shakespeare’s masterful Much Ado About Nothing to the much-loved television series I Love Lucy. Humor, although in many ways considered to be largely mass-market and tailored to the popular majority, has not escaped the realm of scholarly analysis....   [tags: freud, woody allen]

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Dark Matter in the Galaxy

- The world we see and are familiar with consists of Normal Matter. Everything made out of atoms is considered Normal Matter. Normal Matter makes up of five percent of all matter. So what makes up the rest of the ninety-five percent. Dark Energy makes up roughly seventy percent of our universe while Dark Matter makes up the last twenty-five percent. What is Dark Matter. Dark Matter is the only explanation we have for why our universe expands in the way it does, but we have no idea what makes it up....   [tags: Matter, Atoms, Galaxy]

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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]

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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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Analysis of the Movie, The Dark Knight

- The Dark knight It’s no joking matter as the knight closes in. Release Date: 25th July 2008 Certificate: 12A Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman Batman (Christian Bale) is hoping to hand on his crime fighting duties to D.A Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) yet when Batman’s cards are on the table the twisted mastermind who goes by the name of the joker (Heath Ledger), forces the masked vigilante to go against everything he ever stood for....   [tags: film analysis, movies]

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