High comedy “relies more on wit and wordplay than physical action for its humor”, while Low comedy tends to “explore the opposite extreme of humor” (Kennedy and Gioia 883). Yet, even in their differences both forms of comedy “serve a valuable purpose in satirizing human failings”, according to Kennedy and Gioia (883). In order to maintain a comedy play, David Ives uses high comedy, personality, and exaggeration to ridicule and criticize ones’ stupidity; therefore, evoking a greater sense of humor. The humor associated with David Ives play, Soap Opera is credited to his strong use of high comedy. Ives includes problems with relationships, a sense of life, and people striving for perfection.
Socrates says, “But surely, as I was saying just now, it would be most correct to say that it is truly speaking a lie-- the ignorance in the soul of the one to whom the lie was told. For a lie in words is a sort of imitation of this affection in the soul, an image of it that comes into being after it, and not an altogether pure lie” (382b7-11). In his explanation, Socrates believes that a lie in words is not a complete and total lie. This is
However, the ironic nature and satirical tone by the author is evidence to the true purpose of the work: to expose the avarice of landowners and their gain for self-interest. Despite the persona of the work to be one of immovable and confident in stance on his proposal, in which he sees no counter to. This clever conveyance was done by using irony and satire, along with reasoning, stylistic devices of comparisons, associations, and emphasis, and the use of credibility, logic, and emotion to persuade the audience to preferring the
As it is mentioned in the course reader, in comedy, the laughter usually comes from a deviation from the norms. To analyze why the plot in a comedy is funny, we should focus on the inappropriate behaviors of characters in this comedy. In The Importance of Being Earnest, the first deviation I find is a deviation from linguistic norms. In the whole play, Oscar Wilde names the main character as “Ernest”. Due to the title of “Earnest”, which is only one-letter different from the character’s name, the audience may automatically think that Ernest should be a person who is serious and sincere.
In Meno, Meno and Socrates are discussing Virtue and attempting to develop a definition of what Virtue is. At one point in the dialogue Meno states that Virtue is “desiring fine things and being able to acquire them” Baird and Kaufmann, 156). In their attempts to analyze this definition they discuss evil, what it is and whether or not it is ever desired by people. I will use this discussion to answer the beginning question from Plato’s perspective and show that, through Socrates and Meno, Plato demonstrates that evil is a form of ignorance, and as we know from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, ignorance is one of the most damaging states a human can exist in. In On Free Will, Augustine comes to a very similar conclusion.
Surprisingly, Cassius was able to catch Brutus’s attention. “‘Therefore good Brutus, be prepared to hear; and since you know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself that of yourself which you yet know not of’” (Julius Caesar 1.2). These words spoken by Cassius were used to manipulate Brutus into believing that he was better than Caesar. The usage of charisma by
Thus the people who do injustice like kings and tyrants are unhappy. Socrates then asks Polus which is more shameful doing injustice or suffering it, and Polus replies that doing injustice is more shameful. That is why Socrates believes that doing injustice is much worse than suffering it for it is more shameful and that person will be unhappy because of that shame. I think that anyone who is put in the place of Polus will reply the same, since nobody would want to feel the guilt and the shame of doing injustice. The act of committing injustice actions goes back to the root of
For years, one of the single greatest techniques available to writers has been a sense of satire and dark humor. Former satirist, Voltaire, have motivated modern day writers like Libba Bray to create what some might consider thoughtful laughter with in a satire novel. Voltaire and Bray unique style from different eras both share a common goal of targeting an intended audience through diction, exaggeration, and invectiveness. By analyzing Candide (Voltaire) and Beauty Queens(Bray) by the “true test of comedy” you will see in each novel it is expressed by it diction and tone. Candide was more sarcastic while in Beauty Queens it was more direct and straight forward.
Wilfred Owen uses diction and juxtaposition to display his emotions about “the old lie” that dying for one’s country is honorable. Examples of vivid word choice and contrast are evident, creating an impact upon the reader, making them feel almost uncomfortable at times with the powerful similes, that heighten truth to the reader about subjects they are often unfamiliar with. Owen integrates juxtapositions into his work, creating vivid contrasts between two seemingly unalike words. When the men are clamoring to reach their gas masks, the action is described as: “ An ecstasy of fumbling” . Ecstasy is the epitome of happiness, a euphoria, whereas fumbling is a clumsy, unintended mistake.
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. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.” Through the outcomes of both plays, the audience is able to receive some hard truths and be confronted with reality. In their respective ways, the two plays reveal truths about the human experience in the way that the plays are symbolic of very real human or societal problems. Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, has a fateful plot with a tragic ending. His play follows the conventions of tragedy, implementing plot, character development,