Dark Humor Essays

  • The Dark Humor of Hamlet

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    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. Lastly

  • Examples Of Dark Humor In To Kill A Mockingbird

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    Humor is odd. Dark humor pokes fun and turns taboo topics, like death, into comical and light subjects. These are known as jokes. In America, dark humor is widely accepted— regardless of many areas of dark humor being racist. So, why do so many find racism, death, and terrorism concocted with humor — humorous? Do we simply deny that it’s an issue? This dark humor called-out for its hateful undertones in American Denial, while the hate is shown in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, as well as A

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

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    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

  • Satire, Surrealism and Dark Humor in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

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    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

  • Dark Humor In Mac And Dennis Move To The Suburb

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    Dark humor is a form of comedy that relies on pessimism and cynicism. It derives from the dysfunctional and unhappy aspects of life. Although these subject matters can be sensitive, dark humor is a controversial expression of comedy. It is the reflection of unapologetic thoughts and interprets the brooding, negative sides of life. Dark humor can be portrayed as amplified absurdity or realistic and grounded. It is shown in many different forms of media including films and television shows. Harold

  • George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of The Narrator's Mother

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    written exerpt from a letter about the cremation of his mother, George Bernard Shaw recalls her “passage” with humor and understanding. The dark humor associated with the horrid details of disposing of his mother's physical body are eventually reconciled with an understanding that her spirit lives on. He imagines how she would find humor in the bizarre event of her own cremation. The quality of humor unites Shaw and his mother in a bond that transcends the event of death and helps Shaw understand that her

  • An Analytical Essay on Comic Relief in Hamlet

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    An Analytical Essay on Comic Relief in Hamlet In Hamlet, the majority of the comic relief is dark and depressing. The main character is obsessed with death and makes morbid jokes about old age, deception, and corpses. This side of the character is shown so that the reader can understand how much this disturbs the prince. The result of this is a play with some very depressing scenes. Hamlet's negative attitude gives way to many sadistic jests at the events surrounding him. He tells his friend

  • Comic and Tragic Elements in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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    historical and science-fiction. The irrationality of war is emphasized in each dimension by contrasts in its comic and tragic elements. The historical seriousness of the Battle of the Bulge and the bombing of Dresden are contrasted by many ironies and dark humor; the fantastical, science-fiction-type place of Tralfamadore is, in truth, an outlet for Vonnegut to show his incredibly serious fatalistic views. The surprising variations of the seriousness and light-heartedness allow Vonnegut to show effectively

  • Style Analysis of Kurt Vonnegut on Slaughterhouse Five

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    Tralfamadorians, and the style and themes of the novel, and interpret this piece with an anti – war perspective. Vonnegut demonstrates his own antiwar sentiments throughout Slaughterhouse – Five with the use of irony, satire, science fiction and dark humor . Billy Pilgrim, the main character, is similar to Vonnegut in many ways. One can agree that the most significant time in Vonnegut’s life was when he served in WWII, and was a prisoner of war (POW) in Dresden, Germany. There he experienced the firebombings

  • Macbeth vs Scotland, PA

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    Macbeth: The thin line between tragedy and dark humor. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth has always been considered one of the literary worlds most celebrated tragedies. It is arguably the darkest and most gruesome of his plays. The protagonist, Macbeth, is the poster child for tragic hero, “a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy” (www.dictionary.com). And until recently we were satisfied with that…

  • Comparing Gilliam's Brazil and Radford's Adaptation of 1984

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    each other. 1984 is dark and gloomy from beginning to end while Brazil, though still dark, has a much lighter atmosphere. The love stories presented in both films are unmistakably similar and make the plots seem closer to each other, but this is the only strong link they share, for differences in tone distance the films from each other. Because of its dark humor, Brazil is a satire of the very society in which the story takes place, while 1984, though also a satire, lacks any humor whatsoever and is

  • Journey of Self-Discovery in Thomas Pynchons' The Crying of Lot 49

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    first of many clues leading her deep into the impenetrable conspiracy surrounding Trystero, an underground postal system shrouded in mystery and intrigue; opening her eyes to an alternative way of life. This post modern work of literature infuses dark humor and irony instigating a metamorphosis of intellectually challenging material; subsequently luring us, his readers who have unknowingly become a part of the conspiracy, into the methodical chaos of The Crying of Lot 49. Well known for incorporating

  • The Life of Billy Pilgrim in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

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    knowledge of the ability to destroy itself, the Twentieth Century has produced literature that attempts to depict the plight of the modern man living in a modern waste land. If this sounds dismal and bleak, it is. And that is precisely why the dark humor of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. shines through our post-modern age. The devastating bombing of Dresden, Germany at the close of World War II is the subject of Vonnegut's most highly acclaimed work, Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty

  • A False Reality in Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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    In most of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories a number of characters have a hard time seeing an ultimate reality in their life. They tend to have a distorted grasp on reality but not all in the same way. In the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the Misfit and the Grandmother are prime examples. The actions and the way of life of the Misfit and Grandmother are mostly due to the fact that they are living in an false reality where they are in their own little world, where in the Misfit’s world everything

  • Raymond Carver's Use Of Dark Humor

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    Dark humor is a tool prominent in many of Raymond Carver’s stories. One can see dark humor in works such as “Careful”, “A Small Good Thing”, “Whoever was using this bed”, and to some extent “Cathedral”. Nevertheless, dark humor is often used within Carver stories without it becoming the main emphasis, though some of his subject matter remains gloomy. Several stories, however, such as “A Small Good Thing”, and “Whoever was using this bed”, use dark humor as a main feature of the plot. These two stories

  • Kurt Vonnegut Dark Humor Essay

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    Kurt Vonnegut: Dark Humor in American Literature Kurt Vonnegut was a well-known author for his dark humor and wit in Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle mocking war, science, and religion making the reader understand the horrors through humor. According to Webster Dictionary, black humor is humor marked by the use of usually morbid, ironic, grotesquely comic episodes. (Webster) Humor is an almost physiological response to fear and frustration. (Cargas) Comedy appeals are made to the head, not the

  • Dark Humor By Julio Cortazar: A Literary Analysis

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    they face everyday of their lives. Authors like Pablo Neruda and Julio Cortazar from Chile and Argentina use many unique literary devices to create a serious tone. By using elements like Repetition, Antithesis, and Parallelism these authors create Dark Humor which helps to refine and clarify the harsh and serious tone they attempt to create. Repetition

  • Theme Of Dark Humor In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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    different styles in her narratives. Dark humor, irony, and symbolism are perhaps the utmost powerful and common styles in her writing. From “Revelation” and “Good Country People” to “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” all of O’Connor’s stories consist of different styles in writing. Dark humor plays an important role in O’Connor’s novels. Instead of simply stating the character’s cruelty in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” O’Connor chooses to reveal it through the use of dark humor. As the Misfit shoots the grandmother

  • Comparison Of Santa Clarita Diet And Sharknado

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    Upon reflecting on what form of comedy makes me laugh, I continually came back to absurdist humor found in television and movies. Two instances of this humor would be Santa Clarita Diet and Sharknado. the first comedy makes use of two major forms of comedy, absurdist humor, and satire. The second movie Sharknado is predominantly absurdism throughout the entire movie. Each of the references are quite different but share many of the same themes at throughout their plots. The plot of Santa Clarita Diet

  • Humor In My Date With Neanderthal Woman

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    My Date with Neanderthal Woman Humor was use by the narrator as a deep and dark concept. He described in the story how will be his first date, since he didn’t want to date modern or normal woman. However, he thought on buying flowers to the Neanderthal which has a different culture. Another example which humor was used, was when he went to the cave and hurt his hands knocking on the cave entrance. Picturing him knocking on hard rocks was very funny specially for a man of an upper class and a fancy