This essay will be about Hamlet’s famous, “To be, or not to be,” soliloquy. It starts off when Hamlet walks into a trap laid by Claudius and Polonius. Deep in thought, Hamlet goes off on a rant about Life’s troubles. Throughout the Soliloquy he contrasts action versus inaction. It delves deeply into death and why a person would or wouldn’t want to experience it.
“Bernice Bobs Her Hair” is a coming of age satirical story, in which social standing is the paramount of society. The author F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts a bold image of the central themes in American youth: competition, jealousy and betrayal, and does so by narrating this story with dry humor, conspicuous irony and extravagant hyperbole. Fitzgerald’s serious tone throughout the story increases the comicality for us. He describes his characters with very admirable traits, and then exploits them in their dialogues with each other; his emotionless tone brings out their individual personalities. One example of his deadpanning can be found when he describes G. Reece Stoddard, “over whose bureau hangs a Harvard law diploma”.
Drama can, for the most part, be classified as either tragedy or comedy. The conventions of tragedy and comedy, such as the tragedy in Oedipus Rex and the comedy in The Taming of the Shrew, can shape the way the play is developed. Thorough analysis can reveal these dramas to be discussions of human experience. As Laurence Olivier once said: “The office of drama is to exercise, possibly exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring relief of tears.
They tend to highlight what cost the Doctor Faustus to pursue such immoral and harsh actions and who he meets on his journey. I feel that the article that these two collaborated on was very well thought out and well informed. This play is a mixture of comedy and tragedy depending on which version the director is doing. The earlier play from 1604 writings of the play goes between both tragic and comic scenes. While, the later versions of the play printed in 1616, tends to lean more on the comic side of the play than the darker side.
Geoffrey Chaucer pushed boundaries and told stories he knew his audience would want to hear. “The Miller’s Tale” as well as “The Reeve’s Tale” has crocodilian humor. Chaucer used bawdy and vulgar scenarios to generate laughter for the audience. His sardonic sense of humor made stories seem larger than life (Brewer, Derek). Both tales feature an elaborate plan for sexual gratification and have components of irony.
Nowadays, the term humor is considered “as the highest and richest form of comedy, denoting anything witty or anything that makes us laugh” (Weaver & Cotrell, 2001). Additionally, “humor is understood as a collection of mental processes that are involved in both creating and perceiving an amusing stimulus, as well as the affective response in the enjoyment of this stimulus” (Martin, 2007). In the communicative context, humor is ‘‘any communication perceived by any of the interacting parties as humorous and leads to laughing, smiling or a feeling of amusement’’ (Robinson, 1977). Furthermore, Lovorn (2008) states that laughter is described by humor researchers, as a response to pleasurable and/or amusing physical, emotional and/or intellectual
It also reveals the differences between the behavior of the upper class and that of the lower class. Members of the upper class display a great deal of pride and pretense, while the lower classes are less pretentious and more humble but it is funny that they are equally good at making jokes. I love the way Oscar Wilde satirizes the arrogance and hypocrisy of the aristocracy, it makes the entire book more
William Shakespeare writes Twelfth Night a play known for its numerous humorous parts, satire, love, uncertainty and foolishness lurk the pages, creating a comedic value. The sub plot present in this piece opposes the traits listed above. Malvolio, the character that makes up Shakespeare’s sub plot, is known for his pompous personality. A series of events in Malvolio’s life, relating to women’s and acquaintances, lead those around him to plan a number of tricks to fool him. The debate surrounding Malvolio’s role in the comedy, has been up for debate for quite some time.
Twelfth Night, does in fact corroborate with the idea that comedy is innately and “ultimately conservative” despite briefly “delighting in a topsy turvy world.” Many do argue that as most dramatic comedies, Twelfth Night, is of a more progressive nature, which as many playwrights constricted by the strict social rules of there time, Shakespeare aimed to critique society behind this guise of comedy. Shakespeare uses Viola as his symbolic green world in Twelfth Night, Thus causing chaos to ensue in Illyria. When dressed as Cesario, Viola holds the power and freedom of speech of a man,leading to her androgynous attractiveness to Olivia and thus catalysing the comedic plotlines of the play. The Topsy Turvy world of Shakespearean Comedy lends more space to create humour, the inversion of expectation and the creation of a subversive comedy in his characterisation and the use of social taboo is what makes Twelfth night’s conservative nature diminish. However “Ultimately” as in the end of the Green World and the play, Twelfth Night’s finale can definitely be seen as “ultimately conservative”.
He wrote this "citizen comedy" that features warm-hearted and spirited, and it is filled with boisterous action, situational irony, and rich characterization--just like Falstaff, Master Ford, Mistress Quickly, and Justice Shallow. Referring to Crack’s introduction of the Merry Wives of Windsor, he examines the relationship