Comedy Essays

_the Importance of Being Earnest_ Play

“The Importance of Being Earnest” has been playing to packed audiences for over a hundred years. Why do you think it has remained so popular? “The Importance of Being Earnest” was first performed in 1895. The year marked the beginning of Oscar Wilde’s “disgrace”. Lord Alfred Douglas’s father, the Marquis of Queensbury, began his campaign against Wilde. He was to die in 1900. One of the main reasons that the play has been so popular for over 100 years is…

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Defying Tradition

Article Title: Funny women flourish in female-written comedies What information seems the most important? Note key points mentioned in the article. Call it The “Bridesmaids” Effect: Ever since the R-rated 2011 comedy became a runaway hit … a rash of female-written comedies are enticing viewers with provocative new characters who are more like women we know. “‘Bridesmaids’ I think opened up a door to allow women to show a bunch of different women in different ways of being funny. Since…

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Thalia, Muse of Comedy

Venue is defined simply as the appropriate place of trial. In criminal cases, fairness and convenience to the defendants are the underlying policy in determining venue. It has been often ruled that the basic requirement of placing venue in the district wherein the crime has been committed must be determined from the nature of the crime alleged and the location of the act or acts constituting it. However, courts must consider such factors as convenience of and fairness to the…

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How do Victorian Attitudes to Marriage and Respectability Underpin the Comic Elements of the Importance of Being Earnest_

Marriage is loveless, wealth and background takes priority over most things, Algernon supports this with a quote (once again hes the rebel) Marriage is the end of freedom, Cecily wants to break free, very curious woman who looks at society differently. takes a liking to Algernon because of this. Quote below Secret lives of the boys, humour in the peter pan like qualities quote: “A man who marries without knowing Bunbury [an excuse for pleasure] has a very tedious time…

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How Does Alan Ayckbourn Make Use of Comic Resources in the Play_

From “A Small Family Business” a play in which people work together as a team, united to reach to the same goal and sharing values, the author Alan Ayckbourn exposes atmospheres of humorous situations to cut with tension and make the scene weird and funny at the same time. Various comic resources are used in this first scene where Jack is coming back from work and his wife, Poppy, waits for him with a great welcome surprise where family and…

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What Makes Me Laugh

Laughter is a positive emotion that is triggered by a joke, being tickled, seeing funny appearances or physical actions, hearing funny voices and seeing various facial expressions .Laughter gets rid of all your stress hormones. Furthermore humour can be developed over time. When I was younger, I found many various things funny. Sponge bob, in particular was one of the many shows that made me chortle. The physical actions, appearances and the verbal communication made me laugh my head off,…

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Sense of Humour

I love the phrase “sense of humor” because it can have several meanings to it. The book definition is “the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous”. Which I believe is correct. This term is so fun because everyone has their own definition of humor and sense of humor. I believe I have a great sense of humor. I am someone who can find something funny in every situation. I can take a joke, and I can…

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Analysis of the Machine That Won the War

“The Machine That Won the War,” by Isaac Asimov, is a story that teaches a valuable lesson about humanity and also has an ironic twist at the end. The setting is the future of Earth, and a great war had just been won against an enemy race. Two men, Swift and Henderson, are debating over who really won the war for Earth: the giant strategy computer known as Multivac, or the men in charge of making the maneuvers and programming the…

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merchant of Venice Romantic Comedy or Not_

A romantic comedy is a play that integrates romantic elements as well as humour. In Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, the protagonists live happily ever after, and more often than not, the play ends with the tolling of wedding bells, with more than one couple getting married to create a joyful atmosphere. Love always seems to triumph over adversity in his romantic comedies. Besides, evil is also brought to light, exhibiting enlightenment and reformation. The genre of romantic comedy depicts societies that…

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 Art of Characterization of Henry Fielding

Joseph Andrews is Fielding’s first novel. It is a classical example of a literary work which started as a parody and ended as an excellent work of art in its own right. The work Fielding intended to parody was Richardson’s first novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded which had taken England by storm in the years following 1740 when it was first published. In his novel Fielding intended in the beginning to show how Lady Booby (aunt of “Lord B. ”…

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Elements of Irony in Native Son

Elements of Irony in Native Son Native Son paints a disturbing, harsh picture of life within the “Black Belt” of Chicago in the 1940s. Wright uses irony; sometimes subtly and at other times obviously to shape the view of the reader and as a foreshadowing mechanism. From our initial scene to Bigger’s death, the technique of irony employed by Wright is effective, and devastating. Our initial symbol which foreshadows the fate of our protagonist is the “huge black rat” (5)….

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Critical Analysis of Dillard’s _an American Childhood_

Throughout “An American Childhood”, Dillard shares with us her childhood experiences with her dear mother. Dillard’s admiration for her mother is clearly visible through the way she explains in depth all of the memorable situations and events. Dillard explains how intelligent her mother was and how she always played mind games with her and her sister. The characteristic Dillard displays of her mother can tell the audience that Mother is as unique and spontaneous as can be. After hearing one…

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Kiss and Tell_ Alain De Botton

The prose piece, Kiss and Tell by Alain de Botton, offers the reader a humorous, as well as embarrassing, glimpse into the life of a young woman named Isabel. Botton establishes a comical ambiance between the daughter and her parents, by creating a situation that many can relate to, by way of dialogue. Isabel faces an embarrassing, as well as common, circumstance, the presence of her parents when she desires it the least. When she first notices that her parents…

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Irony in the Canterbury Tales

Chaucer’s Use of Irony in The Canterbury Tales In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer compiles a mixture of stories on a pilgrimage into a figurative depiction of the medieval society in which he lived. Chaucer’s stories have a punch and pizzazz, which, to an average reader, seem uncommon to the typical medieval writer, making his story more delightful. Certain things account for this pizzazz, especially the author’s use of irony. Many of Chaucer’s characters are ironic in the sense that…

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_romeo and Juliet_ and _a Midsummer Night’s Dream_

In reading, “Romeo and Juliet,” and, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” we can find a number of similarities in the characters of both plays. The distinct differences in them are that in one, we have a humorous character (or characters) with a cheery ending and in the other; we have a tragic character/s with a moral flaw that will aid in his or her downfall. In an evaluation of their distinctions we can see how they both hold true to their…

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