How Does Miguel De Cervantes Use Humor In Candide

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Christopher Morley once said that "humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important" (Morley 189). This humor is presented differently through the following two works: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes and Candide by Voltaire. In the first work, the humor is presented explicitly in the whole story, but on the other hand, in the second work, the humor is implicit in the characters' names, thought, and behaviors. This paper shows how each main characters are introduced, and focuses on their personalities. Also, it shows how the characters in the first story contributes to make the humor apparent, and in the same time, how the characters in the second story contribute to blur the humor in the content. Besides, it discusses the function of…show more content…
The same example of the two girls are a proof to the hero's disappointment. The humor absolutely makes a reader laugh. Cervantes—with all the ways of humor—tries to make a reader feel the reality in the story. In other words, this part of reality that Cervantes puts—that makes a reader laugh—is the basis of the process of reading because it introduces to a reader a new story with an unordinary plot which expels the boredom of this type of stories. In contrast to this way of humor, in Candide, the function of humor is to make a reader sympathize with the characters. The harsh plot twists keep a reader in a high attention in order to know what will happen to this protagonist (and not to forget that this is the effect of the implemented humor); Besides, the characters' unconsciousness in the whole story to what is really goes attracts a reader in the process of reading. what happened to Pangloss? What will Candide face in this danger journey? Why James dies in the sea? All of these question are examples to the blurring events that attracts a
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