The audience knew the plan for Beatrice and Benedick, but their own confidence in their wit betrayed them. Also, their witty comments to each other make for highly entertaining moments. Claudio allows other people to fool him into believing untrue things, which leads to dramatic altercations with numerous characters. Dogberry’s unwittiness leads to a coincidence that saves the whole play and creates an ironic feeling that the least intelligent character discovered the evil plot. “The wit of Shakespeare’s play informs the words spoken by the characters, places the characters themselves as truly witty and intelligent, inappropriately facetious, or ingeniously witless, suggests the lines of action these characters will
Voltaire uses satire, irony and extreme exaggerations to poke fun at many aspects; such as optimism, religion, corruption, and social structures within Europe. Candide begins to realize that life is not always as it seems. The most prevalent use of satire is demonstrated by Pangloss, the optimist. His philosophy is that they are living “the best of all possible worlds” and that everything happens for a reason. Candide and his tutor are a perfect example of blissful ignorance.
Undoubtedly one of Shakespeare’s most acclaimed comedic plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a humorous and gratifying read, in which the reader’s enjoyment is further enhanced through the ‘play within the play’ in Act 5.1. Evidently a hilarious parody, with its irrational rhymes, absurd accents, and comic performances of the mechanicals, “Pyramus and Thisbe” greatly enhances our enjoyment of the play, by its parallels with the play as a whole and the fact it turns what might have been a tragic play into a comedic one. The bizarre performance of ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ is compelling and utterly whimsical, and allows the reader to evoke a new-found enjoyment on the play as a whole. Moreover, the elegant and polished flow of language and verse used by the courtiers in the play is truly appreciated when the mechanicals unsatisfactorily attempt to play a tragedy in verse, with Theseus ridiculing Quince’s meagre attempt; “His speech was like a tangled chain” (5.1.124). Additionally, the mechanicals misuse the English language; “If we offend, it is with our good will” (5.1.108); use exaggeration, “die die die die die” (5.1.290); and display an excessively literal approach and attempt to destroy dramatic illusion, with Bottom (as Pyramus) breaking character to explain what is occurring: “You shall see it will fall pat as I told you” (5.1.183).
With all those perfectly structured elements, the writer brings Helena´s sorrow closer to the reader “How happy some o´er other some can be (…) But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so”. Let us get into the question of the chosen or the rejected love inside this frame of devastated Helena´s speech, which is one of the aims of this work. In spite of the fact that A midsummer night´s Dream is considered a Romantic comedy, it gives off everything but comedy itself, if it was not because of the quartet of young lovers involved in a conflict
It is not so easy to give a complete definition of irony even though its ability to make people laugh or smile and therefore to make them think, as part of the fundamental human experiences. One of the main themes that traverse Gogol’s repertoire is exactly the theme of irony. Analysing it in-depth, his irony may reveal fruitful to enter the 'bottomless pocket ' of The Overcoat as well as lots of his other works. The ironic tissue that he weaves is the keystone that most matters to try to understand what really hides beyond and behind apparently logic and harmless details. In fact, Gogol enjoys his writing by making use of various devices that lead the whole shebang into a difficult matter.
The Germans found him to be one of the most screamingly funny things they had seen in all of World War II. They laughed and laughed.” (Vonnegut, 90) Kurt includes this dark humor to contradict the importance of war and emphasize the absurdness of how war really is. How Billy Pilgrim is completely unbothered by the clothes he is given to wear and clueless as to why the German soldiers are laughing mocks the seriousness of war itself. War is seen as a prideful journey that soldiers endure and Vonnegut creates these implications to add an embarrassing humor. This shows Vonnegut’s intentions of showing how war is not all that it seems and how it breaks down a person’s self-esteem and
This jocular set up is what causes Giosue to have a more positive outlook on the experience as a whole (Life is Beautiful, 2000). Despite the awful situation, Guido keeps a shockingly positive attitude that rubs off on Giosue and the viewer. Even to the last moment before his own death, Guido puts a smile on for his child, which is truly bittersweet. Add an ending that melts the heart, and one is left with a feeling of emotional confusion, which is what makes this narrative to be incredibly memorable.
As his name suggests, Lord Ruthven is of a noble birth, which already contrasts with the original idea that vampirism only affected the lowborn. Furthermore, Polidori states that the antagonist was “more remarkable for his singularities, than his rank” (The Vampyre and Other Tales of Macabre, p3), thus surrounding the character with mystery and providing it with more depth. Ruthven’s dangerous nature is also clearly stated at the beginning, as “the light laughter of the fair only attracted his attention, that he might by a look quell it, and throw fear into those breasts where thoughtlessness reigned” (p3). This single sentence tells us numerous things about the antagonist. Firstly, it shows Ruthven’s destructive influence on his surroundings,
The presence of greed utilized by Chaucer in the Pardoner’s tale presents satire as his character is meant to be honorable, yet, behind the scenes is actually the most unethical one. The first example the audience is shown of this fraud is as the pardoner explains his motives, when he states, “Of avarice and of swich cursednesse/ Is al my prechyng, for to make hem free/ To yeven hir pens; and namely, unto me!/ For myn entente is nat but for to wynne,/ And no thyng for correccioun of synne” (114 – 118). The Pardoner is extremely upfront regarding his greedy motives as seen in the quote “For myn entente is nat but for to wynne,” (117). The sole reason he is in this game is no other reason than to make money. The revelation of this goal results in an ironic situation as his job consists of preaching against greed, while the only reason of his employment is driven by his own greed.
The author’s use of satire is superbly honed in this essay. A satirical work ridicules stupidity in other people, and through the use of ironic language implies ideas that are the opposite of those expressed. No finer example than the Proposer of this story, considering cannibalising infants, as a “modest” suggestion for curing poverty in Ireland. Swift spares no one in this essay taking every chance to have a gibe. About landlords he says “I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children.” (Swift, 1729).
I agree with Jenkins assumption that when all people have control over media the results can be a good thing and at other times a very bad thing. In Jenkins article he talks about Bert in a picture with Bin Laden. The picture can be view as creative and funny because one person made an evil Bert in America. In another country when the picture is found can be viewed negatively because it was used to support Bin Laden. The creator of Sesame Street were upset because now Bert who is a nice loving character is now view as evil and a supporter of Bin Laden.
Guy de Maupassant uses situational irony to make the reader feel sympathy in “The Necklace.” Also, in “The Ransom of Redchief,” O. Henry creates a humorous feeling to the reader by using situational irony. By reading these two short story it is clear that both authors use situational irony to make the reader feel a different emotion than surprise. In Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace,” he creates situational irony that makes the reader