The Theatre, like all other amusements, has its fashions and its prejudices, and when satiated with its excellence, mankind begin to mistake change for improvement. For some years tragedy was the reigning entertainment, but of late it has entirely given way to comedy, and our best efforts are now exerted in these lighter kinds of composition. The pompous train, the swelling phrase, and the unnatural rant, are displaced for that natural portrait of human folly and frailty, of which all are judges, because all have sat for the picture. But as in describing nature it is presented with a double face, either of mirth or sadness, our modern writers find themselves at a loss which chiefly to copy from, and it is now debated, whether the exhibition of human distress is likely to afford the mind more entertainment than that of human absurdity? Comedy is defined by Aristotle to be a picture of the frailties of the lower part of mankind, to distinguish it from tragedy, which is an exhibition of the misfortunes of the great. When comedy therefore ascends to produce the characters of princes or generals upon the stage, it is out of its walk, since low life and middle life are entirely its object. The principal question therefore is, whether in describing low or middle life, an exhibition of its follies be not preferable to a detail of its calamities? Or, in other words, which deserves the preference—the weeping sentimental comedy, so much in fashion at present, or the laughing and even low comedy, which seems to have been last exhibited by [Sir John] Vanbrugh and [Colley] Cibber. If we apply to authorities, all the great masters in the dramatic art have but one opinion. Their rule is, that as tragedy displays the calamities of the great, so comedy should excite our laughter, by ridiculously exhibiting the follies of the lower part of mankind. Boileau, one of the best modern critics, asserts, that comedy will not admit of tragic distress:
Le comique, ennemi des soupirs
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakeﬁeld ! As I havenʼt read anything from Goldsmith before, I took the novel quite seriously
and I wanted to read it ﬁrst without the introduction not to have any other opinion in my mind. I liked the language and it was astonishing how fast the plot was going especially in the beginning. Goldsmithʼs tone of voice was ﬁrst funny rather then satirical for me. Towards the end I realized then that he must be joking. From a idillic, amusing reading he made me to think….
"The Deserted Village" by Oliver Goldsmith is a nostalgic poem about the passing of a simpler, happier rural past. It tells the story of a village which had once been happy and flourishing, but which is now quite deserted and fallen to ruins.
As for George Crabbe's "The Village", can be perceived as a response to "The Deserted Village", since, unlike Goldsmith, Crabbe conceived the idea of telling the truth about country folk just like he saw it, showing the rural poverty in a very bleak picture….
Essential Functions of Goldsmith Bankers 3
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Formal Banking System 5
Work Cited 6
Goldsmith Bankers and moneylenders were essential functions in all places where formal banking had not yet taken root. (Black, Reading 4-3, p.2) Edward Backwell was a prominent goldsmith banker during the seventeenth century who performed many functions that a bank would normally perform….
When comedy is successful it makes us laugh. Laughter makes us feel good on the inside. It helps break down barriers between people. If the movie were watching makes us laugh then its successful comedy. The texts baby’s day out by Patrick read Johnson, Cinderella by Roald Dahl and Snow white and the dreadful dwarfs by Roald Dahl are all successful comedies. They use the techniques of slapstick, absurdity and black humour.
Slapstick humour is a rough, clumsy and….
Memories will never fade.
A lot of people in today’s generation are easily embarrassed. Sensitivity can be the reason why, or it can just be one did something very stupid. Some people just don’t seem to get embarrassed because they just see the funny side to it. I was asked to write about a funny moment I have experienced while being on the Bar-Ilan one-year program. When I think about it, I definitely have a sense of humor, however, I have an inner feeling that lacks satisfaction. Satisfaction….
Although more than two hundred years separated Gordon Sinclair and Oliver Goldsmith, in many ways they had similar attitudes referring to "Americans" and "National Prejudices." Gordon Sinclair, a prominent Canadian writer, who over the years has been tired of all of the American bashing, acknowledges in his many broadcasts and writings; the enormous contributions Americans have made to the world. Gordon Goldmsith is another individual like Mr. Sinclair, in that he dislikes national prejudices. In….
Shakespearean Comedy - Essay
In the Shakespearean comedy “The Taming of the Shrew”, William Shakespeare cleverly uses the techniques; Satire, Caricatures, Wit and Irony to create humour. “The Simpsons” & “The Big Bang Theory” are television shows that also engage the audiences with the same comedic techniques.
The comedic technique satire is used in comedies to make fun and criticize the stupidity and weakness of individuals. In the Shakespeare’s comedy ‘The Taming of the Shrew’….
Comedy is performance which aims to entertain through humour. Throughout the ages there have been many type of comedy. These have included the genres of stand up comedy, situation, comedies, forms of anime, radio, slapstick mime as well as cinematic comedy amongst others. Some of these have been more successful than others. Whether funniness has been the sole determinant of success in terms of popularity is debatable. It is commonly believed that the funny factor is indispensable. However, this essay….
The Disadvantages of Capitalism and Materialism
The novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens and the suggestive pamphlet “A Modest Proposal” by Dr. Jonathan Swift both show very smart and powerful controlling parties of the poor. They take advantage of them to make money for themselves by having materialistic and capitalist characteristics.
The capitalist Dr. Swift talks about the value of the bodies he is trying to sell. He says “the body of a plump girl of fifteen – was sold to the….
Jamie Oliver is a chef who has made a number of television programmes for Channel 4; in most of these programmes he is cooking and instructing the audience, although he is sometimes part of documentaries about food, for example in schools. His style of speech is very different to many of his contemporaries: he uses his distinctive style to present himself as a down to earth, friendly TV chef.
Oliver is the only person talking in this transcript because he is cooking and explaining his actions….