Black Humor

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  • Analysis Of Black Humor

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    Black Humor is the composition of stereotypical ideals that are dramatized in order to make fun of a distinct group of individuals. In the video clip, “BLACK PEOPLE VS WHITE PEOPLE 2,” YouTube user iSekC does not construe but identifies distinctions between individuals that are black and white through exaggerated and dramatic humorous scenarios. Specifically, iSekC utilizes a common topic known to most males of all skin colors, implies a distinction of jargon utilized by individuals that are white

  • Black Humor in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

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    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

  • Satire and Black Humor in Dr. Strangelove

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    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. The director fuses together irony, satire, and black humor to create a waggish

  • Essay on Satire and Black Humor in Catch-22

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    Satire and Black Humor in Catch-22         The only thing going on was a war, and no one seemed to notice but Yossarian and Dunbar. Yossarian is one of the few "normal" characters found in the books, or at least he thinks he is. As the story progresses, it appears that no one is "normal." Values either no longer apply, or do in reverse. In this backwards world of Catch-22, where everyone is crazy, Heller uses black humor and satire to make light of an otherwise dismal situation.   Satire

  • Satire, and Black Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

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    Satire, and Black Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut was written in 1963. "It is a satirical commentary on modern man and his madness" (back cover). It is a book that counters almost every aspect of our society. As well as satire, Vonnegut also includes apocalyptic elements in this novel. Satire, "the use of irony, sarcasm, or ridicule in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice or folly" (Webster 1193), is very prevalent in Cat's Cradle. Vonnegut hits on many

  • Black Humor Through Poetry in Stevie Smiths Not Waving But Drowning

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    Black Humor Through Poetry in Stevie Smiths Not Waving But Drowning In the poetry of Margaret “Stevie” Smith (1902-1971), life and death are constantly being juxtaposed. For Smith, life was usually a painful or tedious experience and death a blessed escape from its misery and futility. Having had a religious upbringing, she is also much preoccupied with God, but cannot accept traditional Christian teaching about redemption and heaven. Death is seen as an end, rather than a beginning and

  • The Four Humors

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    The Four Humors Medieval doctors had quite an understanding of the human anatomy, considering their lack of equipment and knowledge. Most doctors in medieval times were philosophers more than actual medical doctors as most people know them today. Much of the knowledge they did acquire may have only been speculation, but quite a bit of it was due to concentrated observation. Many scientists studied wounds and diseases intensely and one scientist in particular, Empedocles, came to the conclusion

  • Hippocrates is the Fist Known Physician to Consider Medicine as Science

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    disease and pain as the bodily imbalance of four humors or liquids (“Humors”). The four humors, according to Hippocrates, were blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile (New Standard Encyclopedia 244). Robert Darnton says “The human body was thought to contain a mix of the four humors” (Darnton). Hippocrates also believed that the four humors derived from four glandular secretions the heart and liver for blood, the brain for phlegm, the spleen for black bile, and the gall bladder for yellow bile.

  • A brief history of the word humor

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    original definition of some words would transform to meet the needs of the civilization for which they serve. For instance the word, humor, has expanded from its original definition to encompass what it means in present day English. The following is a brief view of the transition the word humor. According to Merriam Webster’s Student Dictionary online, the word humor finds its roots in the Latin word umor, which means moisture. In addition, the early French language contained the word umour with the

  • Persepolis Character Analysis

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    Humor and Graphics: Persepolis and American Born Chinese The role of humor and the use of graphics are similar in both a graphic memoir Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and a graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Persepolis is a graphic memoir of a young girl named Marjane that grew up in Iran when the Islamic revolution was occurring. Satrapi throughout her graphic memoir novel is able to interpret her own personal struggles growing up in a world of tragedies and fitting in society