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.
The discussion proceeds with the speakers ' connection to the subject, typical of a radio interview. In this case however, the interviewer has a friendship with the interviewee, allowing their familiarity to flourish over the discourse and so, highlighting the humour present in the passage to enlighten its tone, "played on a kazoo". Following the text type, a simile was used to indicate and ridicule the inadequacy of the plans to mimic Fine Cotton when using another horse, Bold Personality, "It looked like a cat to a dog. I mean it was completely dissimilar." The humorous connotation of this statement assisted in conveying the ideas and beliefs of the interviewee to the listener in an interesting and entertaining manner.
Franklin’s “The Speech of Miss Polly Baker’ uses satirical elements, by adding comedy onto something that is being criticized, which defined the beginning of the American short story period. However, Franklin’s “The Speech of Miss Polly Baker’ was not the only story that helped to define the beginning of the American short story with the use of satire; Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” also introduces the complexed technique satire. Rip Van Winkle and his wife have
The writer of the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding symbolizes technology using Piggy’s glasses. Golding describes Piggy’s character in great detail using symbols, which reflect on to his personality as well as civilization. Piggy is a clever boy who shares his knowledge with the rest of the boys throughout the novel, however he is also a victim of asthma and myopia. Myopia is the quality of being shortsighted, which, can be fixed by wearing glasses. Piggy plays a major role throughout the novel and serves as symbols of logic, scientific knowledge as well as inferiority.
At times, he blends colloquial words with scholarly thoughts and perceptions, creating a mixture that is nothing like a formal essay, while relaying a similar depth of message. In one sentence he can use a word such as “fabricate” and then switch to a vulgar tone when talking about different types of uncles (Laymon 117). Laymon’s formality interspersed with slang and vulgarity is a type of English that is rarely used and seems to remain relatively unique to him. Laymon can eloquently discuss his favorite black comedians while bringing elements of their own humor into his
Candide was the first French satire published in French by the French writer Voltaire, who is known for both his enlightenment and his memory in writing. Produced work in every literary form, and his writings gave a reflection of freedom of expression, and freedom of religion. In his novel, he has been used as a sarcastic satire of Voltaire 's philosophy and that sequencing the story in such a way that turned it into a comedy. The novel full of adventures filled frank journey around the world. Candide, which is very positive, have a positive attitude towards life, believing that the world is amazing as this idea given to him by his teacher Pangloss while he was a youth.
I find Moliere’s play, Tartuffe, to be entertaining for the underlying message of historical hypocrisy which it sheds to light. After reading the comedy of Tartuffe, I can only agree that it is an intellectual whirlwind of classical genius which tantalizes even the modern mind by echoing to us the importance of scrutinizing the narratives and analyzing the flaws and follies alike which are evident even within our own era. Tartuffe stands out to me because of the power that resonated from the creation of this societal satire and the fact that unlike other works of the era which were forced to fall in line with a strict code of adherence generated by the aristocracy of the classical era, this piece served as a direct challenge to the narrative
Throughout the play, he would often talk about Iago in the same manner as in Act 2, scene 2, “a man he is of honesty and trust”( II,ii. 323-324). Given that Othello trusted who he thought was his best friend, it was easier for Iago to bring Othello down. The root of Iago’s evil intentions is jealousy, which he describes to be like a “green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on” (III,iii. 196-197).
“I’m being ironic. Don’t interrupt a man in the midst of being ironic, it’s not polite…” - Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Irony is a crucial part of humor, suspense, and writing in general.Ray Bradbury valued irony in his writing, he used irony consistently in his stories and even wrote about irony. Bradbury uses irony in all of his stories in The Illustrated Man. However, the three stories that most clearly show this irony are “The Long Rain”, “Marionettes Inc.” and “Zero Hour”.