"Comedy" Essays and Research Papers

Comedy

Theater 208 Comedy: Techniques behind the Laughter Comedy is the genre of film that makes even the saddest times bearable and gained a lot of popularity in a time when people needed a boost. Comedy is a unique form of film in its wide range of methods, and in all of these methods there is at least some of a select group of approaches. The true magic that comedy has arises from these select few techniques, that, when used properly, will never fail to generate a laugh. Comedy comes in a wide...

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Characteristics of a Comedy

Characteristics of Comedy There are many characteristics that make up a comedy. Characteristics such as mistaken identity, battle of the sexes, and jumping to conclusions are what set the comedic story apart from the tragedy. Within a comedy, no matter how much fault, and dismay may appear within the story, there always seems to be the classic ending of "…and they all lived happily ever after…" Comedies capture the viewer with a sense of compassion and love for the characters in the story...

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the king of comedy

201-03 April 19, 2013 The king of comedy Look tragedy through comedy “I made so many tragedies, but the audience thought I had been making comedies all the time”, Stephen Zhou stated. When we refer to comedy, what comes up to your mind, laughter, humor? Have it ever occurred to you that sometimes the director was trying to express a tragedy emotion behind the comedy atmosphere? When we talk about Chinese comedy, we have to come to the most famous Chinese comedy actor, Stephen Zhou, who acted in...

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Tragedy or Comedy

Tragedy or Comedy The play writer William Shakespeare is widely considered one the greatest playwrights in history. His work transformed English literature forever. Most of his plays were either comedies or tragedies and some seemed to have the line blurred between the two as they contain elements of both. The play Merchant of Venice is one of these plays that contains flavours of both a comedy and a tragedy. Many scholars have frequently debated whether the play is either classified as a comedy or a...

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Shakespeare - Comedy

similar comedic characteristics and then other plays are the exact opposite of comedy. Shakespeare wrote tragedies, romance, history, comedy and problem plays all with great success. During the performance of these plays there was no scenery so great time was taken when developing the characters and the plot so the plays would be entertaining. A Midsummers Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing are just two of the comedies Shakespeare wrote. These two plays have many things in common where as Measure...

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The Comedy of Hamlet

The Comedy of Hamlet Shakespearean plays are often known for their outstanding entertainment and classic comic conflict. In his masterwork, Hamlet, Shakespeare uses these aspects to serve his thematic purpose. He has used comedy throughout many of his historic plays, but in this play, comedy is the drawing point that makes it fun and entertaining, yet clear and intuitive. Generally, his tragedies are not seen as comical, but in reality, they are full of humor. However, these comic elements don’t...

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Lear and Comedy

Lear and Comedy.... Lear and Comedy. Strangely enough, it is G. Wilson Knight, a critic famous (not to say notorious) for a vehemently Christian interpretation of Shakespeare’s plays, who notes in The Wheel of Fire some of the comedic aspects of King Lear[1]. Whether or not the harsh moral ecology of King Lear fits comfortably with the Christian ethos of forgiveness, structural elements of comedy are plainly present in King Lear, quite apart from the sardonic humour of the Fool. Indeed, a ‘happy...

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Mdst- Comedy

MDST –Comedy Movie Report For this assignment I choose to see the following three movies: My Man Godfrey, Gabriel over the White House and Meet John Doe. The three movies give different perspectives on how comedy is used and the role it plays in what the movie wants to convey. My Man Godfrey (1936) directed by Gregory LaCava present the typical screwball comedy of the 1930’s. The film presents the life of a rich family where the two daughters; completely opposite go down to a poor colony during...

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Comedy Analysis

Comedy Scene Analysis: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” Comedic movies combine clever dialogue with superb actors and unique cinematography to stir up good feelings in the audience. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is a classic comedy film that has the audience laughing throughout the entire movie. The movie tells the story of Ian and Toula and their interesting and hilarious journey to marriage. Ian comes from a very conservative home with two shy parents and no extended family. Toula comes from a very...

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Comedy and Plautus

Roman stages (Plautus, Titus M, Aulularia). Plautus was in the great Roman army; there he was exposed to the Greek New Comedy and the plays of Menander (Plautus, Wikipedia). It wasn’t until around the age of 45 where he began writing plays while working his hand-mill, grinding corn for the households (Plautus, Wikipedia). Plautus’ work was simply Latin adaptations of this genre of comedy. The people of Rome found everyday life very entertaining (Titus Maccius Plautus, Theatre Database). While writing...

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cosi: comedy and human suffering

How does Nowra use comedy to critically reflect on human suffering? Nowra uses comedy in conjunction with other tools, to critically evaluate human suffering. Incongruity Louis Nowra’s typically Australian story is a play within a play following a naive uni student doing a play with ‘extraordinary people who have thought extraordinary thoughts’. Nowra uses comedy throughout the play often to reflect on human suffering and to help the audience break down preconceived conceptions. However he...

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Comedy and Tragedy According to Aristotle

Comedy and Tragedy | |       Comedy     According to Aristotle (who speculates on the matter in his Poetics), ancient comedy originated with the komos, a curious and improbable spectacle in which a company of festive males apparently sang, danced, and cavorted rollickingly around the image of a large phallus.  (If this theory is true, by the way, it gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "stand-up routine.")     Accurate or not, the linking of the origins of comedy to some sort of phallic...

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Nature of Shakespearean Comedy

OF SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY M.H. Abrams defined ‘comedy’ as ‘ a work in which materials are selected and managed primarily in order to interest, involve, and amuse us: the characters and their discomfitures engage our delighted attention rather than our profound concern. We feel confident that no great disaster will occur, and usually the action turns out happily for the chief characters. Abrams specifies several different types of comedy ‘within the broad spectrum of dramatic comedy’, including romantic...

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Shakespearean Comedy Essay

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’...

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As You Like It a Romantic Comedy

The major conventions of Shakespearean Romantic Comedy are: The main action is about love. The would-be lovers must overcome obstacles and misunderstandings before being united in harmonious union. The ending frequently involves a parade of couples to the altar and a festive mood or actual celebration (expressed in dance, song, feast, etc.) A Midsummer Night's Dream has four such couples (not counting Pyramus and Thisbe!); As You Like It has four; Twelfth Night has three; etc. Frequently (but...

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The Characteristics of Shakespeare's Comedies

The Characteristics of Shakespeare's Comedies Shakespeare wrote many different forms of literary works and one of them is comedy. At the end of his professional life he had written four famous comedies which were later called his "romances". Shakespeare's comedies were not primarily love stories but they all included a love plot. His romances all had the happy ending of a comedy, but in a way they hinted on violence (Prentice Hall Literature). His focus and emphasis was clearly towards the...

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Comedies and Tragedies a Contrast in Protagonists

The relationship between the audience and the protagonist differ in a tragedy and comedy because the audience has different feelings for each protagonist. Comedies are meant to make the audience feel happy overall, but there is little emotion the audience feels from the protagonist. For example, after a Greek trilogy was played, a comedy was played, so people wouldn't feel so downhearted. Tragedies tend to emotionally move people because the audience can identify with and relate to the protagonist...

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Dramatic Comedy Essay 1

This theme is linked with confusion amongst the play’s characters, a common theme in Shakespeare’s comedies, as well as other dramatic comedies. Shakespeare dealt with cross-dressing in other comedies including As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice. In addition, as many critics have noted, Shakespeare has explored other comic features of Twelfth Night in other comedies, such as twins (as in A Comedy of Errors), separation and re-unification (as in The Tempest) and struggles of young lovers (as...

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The History Boys Comedy Essay

The History Boys Essay 13. “Brilliantly funny….but by the end, tears are as near as laughter.” To what extent can we read The History boys as comedy? One of the key factors that makes the History Boys such an iconic play is its witty comedic effect throughout the entire book. Using various techniques, such as parody, contrasting characters and clever juxtapositions within the plot, intelligent metaphors, bathos and many more. But at first glance the history boys could seem a typical dramatic...

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Restoration Comedy

Restoration Comedy Restoration Comedy refers to English Comedies written during the Restoration period from 1660-1710. The re-opening of the theatres in 1660 after public stage performances had been banned for 18 years by the Puritan regime signalled a renaissance of English drama. Restoration comedy is notorious for its sexual licentiousness, a quality encouraged by Charles II personally and by the rakish aristocratic ethos of his court. English Drama witnessed great changes during Charles...

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Essay on Luaghing Comedy-Oliver Goldsmith

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...

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Earnest: Comedy and Upper Classes

Discuss Wilde’s use of comedy in The Importance of being Earnest. One technique that Wilde uses to comic effect is allowing bits of information to be revealed and withheld. In the scene where Algernon asks “why does she call herself little Cecily?” and then “But why does your aunt call you her uncle?” suggests that Algernon actually knows the truth, but he’s actually trying to get Jack to confess it himself. Not only does it suggests that Algernon knows the truth, it also suggests that he knows...

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Twelfth Night Comedy in Other Writings

Twelfth Night Comedy in Other Writings While Great Expectations and Gulliver's Travels were not written as comedy, humor is seen in them. The comedy in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night can be related to the comedy in those writings, although Shakespeare used a variety of comedic techniques, not used in either Great Expectations or Gulliver's Travels. The comedy in Twelfth Night varies greatly from the comedy in Great Expectations and Gulliver's Travels at times. Irony is a common comedic element seen...

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Comedy Critique

Comedy Critique Goethe’s Faust and Voltaire’s Candide were two of the most interesting books that I have ever read! Both comedies were very different from each other in many ways. The structure of both books varied significantly. I enjoyed Candide more than Faust partially due to the structure. I found that because Faust almost entirely rhymed that it was harder to follow. It was very distracting to me and I felt as if the rhyming took away from the story. Candide was told more like a story and...

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Love in Disguise-Analysis of a Shakespearean Comedy

Love in Disguise: Analysis of a Shakespearean Comedy Throughout Twelfth Night Shakespeare uses the art of disguise to complicate the relationships formed between the characters of the play. The first character to assume a disguise was Viola who disguised herself as a man in order to get a good job for the count. Other examples of disguise include Malvolio who dresses in cross-garters in order to try and impress Olivia and Feste who pretends to be Sir Topas while Malvolio is locked in the dark...

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Old Comedy

The first period of the ancient Greek comedy is known as Old Comedy. Out of the forty poets who are named as having illustrated the style of Old Comedy in 460-404 B.C. Aristophanes was one of the chiefs, whose works, with their political satire of sexual innuendo, effectively defines the genre today. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Comedy) Also known as the Father of Comedy and the representative of Old Comedy, Aristophanes has been said to have recreated the life of Ancient Athens more convincingly...

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‘Comedy, while delights in the events of a topsy-turvy world, is ultimately conservative’ To what extent is this true for the Shakespearean comedy you have studied?

‘Comedy, while delights in the events of a topsy-turvy world, is ultimately conservative’ To what extent is this true for the Shakespearean comedy you have studied? Comedy in A Midsummer Night's Dream is confined to the conservative oppression of women and contrived by the ironic licensed anarchist figure of Puck which while delights us with donkey kisses and lovers' mishaps, are neatly portioned within a common structure of society, agreeing with the hypothesis. The play is driven by a logical...

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The Merchant of Venice as a Romantic Comedy - Critical Analysis

We can trace the origin of Comedy to Dionysis- the Greek God of Wine who was hilarious, satirical and irreverent in spirit. Ben Jonson in ‘Volpone' (1605) that is considered to be the greatest comedy in English epitomized the classical spirit of comedy. Shakespeare was aware of the classical tradition by the chose to follow the Roman tradition of Petrarch and Boccacio. <br> <br>Shakespeare's early comedies were classical in spirit but the later ones were more emotional, fanciful and humorous. ‘The...

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Comedy

What is comedy? What determines what is funny to a particular society? Comedy is hard to define and differs from culture to culture. Through out time societies have developed many different forms of comedy ranging from theater and poetry to cartoons and sitcoms. This paper will compare and contrast classical Greek comedy to that of medieval times particularly Aristophanes’s The Clouds and Ysengrimus respectively. These two comedies were composed in completely different time periods (about 500...

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The History of Comedy

The History of Comedy. From Old Greek to the Present Day What does Comedy mean? In old Greek times comedy was a village festival where people came together and sang, there were jesters to entertain the audiences. The Greeks created theatre; comedy soon followed which to the present day is known as ‘old comedy’. Old comedy is seen as very political, meaning that the performance...

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Much Ado About Nothing: A Comedy Without Substance by William Shakespeare

Ado about Nothing is a comedy without substance” Discuss Old and new comedy both appear during the play, they are only produced for entertainment purposes.Old comedy usually sees a plot with a problem to overcome. This is attempted with a absurd plan, often leading to satire and buffoonery.These key features of old comedy are shown when Hero has to fake her death in order for Claudio to marry her and dogberry and verges court case to gain respect and honour.New Comedy is also visible in the...

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Analysis of the Comedy in Step Brothers

Comedy and its Subgenres in Step Brothers Comedy is defined as “a work that is designed in some way to provoke laughter or humour on the part of the viewer” (Geoff King, Film Comedy, p.3). Adam McKay’s 2008 film, Step Brothers, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly definitely fits these criteria, and therefore is a comedy itself. Another criteria of comedy is that the worlds in which they take place are much less serious than is the real realm of existence. In Step Brothers, this non-seriousness...

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Dark Humour - a Look at South African Comedy

Dark humour Like the place itself, African humour is a berserk mix of people, languages, cultures, irony and contradiction. There is very little sensitivity in African comedy. But there is something refreshing in being politically incorrect and irreverent, saying without thinking and not reducing reality to a string of empty euphemisms. Do not speak of a rhinoceros if there is no tree nearby. Zulu Proverb When you take a squirrel out of water, it contrives a plot against you Duala Proverb...

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Explore the Ways That Shakespeare Links Madness with Love to Create Comedy in Twelfth Night

that Shakespeare links madness with love to create comedy in Twelfth Night Twelfth Night or What You Will, which was first performed in 1602, includes words such as “mad”, “madman” and “madness” more than any other Shakespearean play. It is a reasonable assumption that Shakespeare was interested in the connections between madness and love and desired to explore it in Twelfth Night, which is undoubtedly one of his greatest comedies. The general comedy and chaos that results from madness and confusion...

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restoration comedy of manners

The comedy of Manners emerged during the age of Dryden, the age of Restoration. Therefore it is also called Restoration Comedy. “The Restoration comedy of manners reached its fullest expression in The Way of the World (1700) by William Congreve, which is dominated by a brilliantly witty couple.” This sort of comedy is called comedy of manners for the writers in the restoration theatre have shown the ‘manners’ and ‘morals’ of the ways of life of the higher class aristocratic fashionable society,...

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Comedy: Film and Friday

A.J. Ford Period 2 Mr. Miller 1/14/13 I adore comedy films. Comedy films really make me happy, because I am a person who attains great fulfillment out of simple laughter. After all who does not relish a good laugh? I have seen a range of comedies from stand-up comedy with Mike Epps, to Wedding crashers. I am absolutely a fiend for comical movies. However I do enjoy a plethora of movie types from comedy, romance, action, biography, historical, and horror. Diversity is integral when...

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Comparison of Shakespeare's comedies: "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Twelfth Night", and "Much Ado About Nothing."

When Shakespeare wrote his comedies, he didn't write them to be funny. He wrote them with a pattern. The comedies have many similarities, such as characterization, theme, plot, and language, hidden in them that one would not see without analyzing the plays. For example, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado About Nothing all have much in common. Each comedy contains many themes. One similar one, however, is the theme of love, deceit, and fickleness. In A Midsummer Night's Dream...

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Iago Rewrites Othello: “a Play That Begins as a Romantic Comedy, but Which Ends as a Tragedy” Evaluate the Relationship Between Tragedy and Comedy in Light of This Comment”

Iago rewrites Othello: “A play that begins as a romantic comedy, but which ends as a tragedy” Evaluate the relationship between tragedy and comedy in light of this comment” Written in 1604, Othello is one of Shakespeare's most highly concentrated, tightly constructed tragedies, with no subplots and little humor to relieve the tension. Although he adapted the plot of his play from the sixteenth-century, Italian dramatist and novelist Giraldi Cinthio's Gli Hecatommithi, Shakespeare related almost...

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‘Some critics may argue that in dramatic comedy gender conventions must be challenged.’

‘Some critics may argue that in dramatic comedy gender conventions must be challenged.’ To what extent does the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing challenge expected gender conventions? Mona Sharma Shakespeare includes two diverse couples in Much Ado About Nothing. He plays with expected gender conventions through these two couples. On one hand you have Beatrice and Benedick whose relationship does not conform to the expected gender conventions. Additionally,...

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One Distinction Between Comic and Tragic Drama Is That Comedies End Happily, While Tragedies Do Not. to What Extent Is the Ending of Twelfth Night a Happy One?

drama is that comedies end happily, while tragedies do not. To what extent is the ending of Twelfth Night a happy one? Twelfth Night Or What You Will is renowned for being one of Shakespeare’s finest achievements in comedy. The basis of a comedy lies in its characters and plot, both of which merge together in a formula to produce an end resolution that can be interpreted as happy, and also, specifically in the case of Twelfth Night, festive. The construction of a comedy usually entails...

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Ironically for a Comedy, Suffering and Cruelty Lie at the Heart of the Play, How Far Do You Agree with This View?

Ironically for a comedy, suffering and cruelty lie at the heart of the play, how far do you agree with this view? Despite the comical premise of Twelfth Night (TN) there is an underlying vein of cruelty and suffering that runs throughout the play. This is often a direct consequence of the humour conveyed through the narrative. Sir Toby Belch's trick on Malvolio is an example where the letter orders him to wear yellow stockings ‘ever cross-gartered’. A question is raised as to whether Shakespeare...

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The merchant of venice: Tragedy or Comedy?

clear-cut comedies and tragedies, while others are more ambiguous. The Merchant of Venice is a play that falls under the latter type, and it has been hotly contested whether this literary work should be classified a comedy or a tragedy. However, since the majority of the characters received a happy ending, the abundance of comic relief scenes and characters, and lightheartedness of the plot relative to other Shakespearean works leads me to conclude that The Merchant of Venice is indeed a comedy. ...

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Midsummers Night Dream Comedy

presence and execution of Shakespearean comedy tropes in A Midsummer's Night's Dream’ He is ostensibly the greatest play write ever, with the production of over 37 plays and productions that are constantly staged even now in the 21st century. But one of his more prestigious plays ‘A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream’, is “the best written play every produced” as quoted by Chris Hastings of The Telegraph. One of his most illustrious and famed plays which falls within the comedy genre of Shakespeare’s plays has...

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Twelfth Night: elements of comedy and irony

Trevor Nunn's adaptation of "Twelfth Night" is a masterpiece of insight and nuance. Instead of simply playing this gender-bending comedy of mistaken identity, the director highlights the dark undertones of the plot which show surprising depth. There are some alterations from the original text, but those who are less familiar with Shakespeare among the audience can appreciate the story being more easy to follow. For example, when Duke Orsino utters the famous opening line of the play, "If music be...

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rivals as an anti sentimental comedy

anti-sentimental comedy, a revival of comedy of manners In the Restoration period England witnessed the emergence ofcomedies of manners’ showing the confused and sanctimonious lifestyles of the rising middle class and upper class then “during the 18th century, ‘sentimental comedies’ encouraged audiences to uphold virtue and avoid vice, chiefly by stirring their emotions.” Next Goldsmith and Sheridan, in the form of sentimental comedy, attempted a revival of the Restoration comedy of manners without...

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Why Comedy Movies Are so Great

is laughter. The sound of laughter can be heard all around the worlds every second, it helps us relieve stress and makes us feel better about ourselves. Comedy movies play such an important role in helping us laugh. There are many forms of movies out there today. In spite of the recent incline in action and horror movies today, comedy movies has always been my number one choice because it gives people an opportunity to look at humor in life, it usually has a pointless, useless moral that...

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The Divine Comedy

Ken Wood WC 1 5/1/2012 The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy is commonly thought as one of the many great classics of Western literature. The story describes in much detail Dante’s journey through the nine circles of hell, purgatory, and heaven. The Divine Comedy is a story full of symbolism, dealing with the themes of sin, salvation, and redemption. The description of hell is based on the “Catholic Christian doctrine at the time of the late middle ages and Early Renaissance, the time when...

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Penny Gay Defines Comedy as a Genre Where Words Are More Important Than Actions, How Far Does Wilde’s the Importance of Being Earnest Support This View.

The comedy of the Importance of Being Earnest uses spoken language to convey comical actions rather than physical actions. The Importance of Being Ernest is a drama because of its origins as a play, but also a contextual comedy as the characters follow the general format of falling in love with each other and ending with the idea of marriage. However, the play is also very satirical, making light of the aristocratic classes, exaggerating the upper-class morals and the frivolity of the characters...

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romance and comedy in merchant of venice

Question 1.The Merchant of Venice: A Romantic Comedy From Insights, 1992 The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, probably written in 1596 and 1597, and forms one of a group of such comedies, along with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, andTwelfth Night. Romantic comedy was a popular and much-preferred type in Elizabethan theatre, and all the trappings of such are present in The Merchant of Venice. First, the romantic involvement is represented not by one...

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Analysis of a Current TV Comedy Show, Seinfeld.

Analysis of a Current TV Comedy Show Seinfeld It is definitely Seinfeld's unmatched take on life's most mundane moments that makes it a tremendously successful comedy. Seinfeld is a TV comedy often ironically referred to as "the show about nothing," which actually details the lives of four single people living in New York City. It is the cleverly written plots, snappy dialogue and crafty, genuine characters that make Seinfeld distinct from other similar TV situation comedies. The first specific element...

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Classic Hollywood in Comedy Films

significant numbers during the era of silent films in roughly 1895 to 1930. The visual humor of these silent films relied on slapstick. A very early comedy short was Watering the Gardener (1895) by the Lumière brothers. In American film, the most prominent comic actors of the silent era were Charlie Chaplin. A popular trend during the 1920s and afterward was comedy in the form of animated cartoons with stars such as Betty Boo appearing. Toward the end of the 1920s, the introduction of sound into movies...

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The Rivals as a Comedy of Manners

The Comedy of Manners had its origin in Ben Jonson's Comedy of Humours. Jonson was the follower of the classical ideal of comedy using laughter as a corrective. His characters had a dominant humour of their own and were mostly named after it. This comedy represented not the qualities of an age but of humanity. The Restoration dramatists revived this comedy, representing the qualities of their immediate field. It differed from the earlier species in its lighter treatment of various issues...

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American Television Comedies (Classification)

American Television Comedies It has been a long day. You are exhausted and arrive home after spending several hours at work or school. You decide to watch television and you try to find a funny show, anything that can make you laugh and make your day better. Choosing between several types of comedy shows is hard because there are innumerable reasons to watch one type or another. A television comedy can sometimes be your friend, your psychologist, your teacher, your passion and/or your hobby. There...

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To what extent does confusion and disguise contribute to dramatic comedy in Twelfth Night?

disguise contribute to dramatic comedy in Twelfth Night? Twelfth Night in set in an era of dramatic comedy under going changes, certain themes that used to perfectly acceptable although controversial was now seen to be distasteful and often looked down upon, this was due to the emergence(or rather acknowledgment) of two very different types of comedy: old comedy and new comedy, although neither were genre had a very high status in theatre compared to tragedies. Old comedy was used in theatre for a very...

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Analysis on Mostellaria

Titus Maccius Plautus (c. 254-184 BCE), also known as Plautus, was a Roman comedy playwright. He produced many comedies that were mostly adapted to cater to the Roman audience’s taste from the Greek models. His comedies are classified as New Comedy, which contain great differences to the Old Comedy, like those of Aristophanes’. In Plautus’ comedies, the themes, instead of talking about politics as in those of Old Comedy, are more focused on father-son relationship and the betrayal between these two...

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How Romantic Comedies Have Adapted

Break Up’ I am writing about the genre of ‘Romantic comedy’ this genre has been around for a very long time since the silent era and the storyline and expected endings to these have stayed the same until 2006 which was the release of ‘The Break Up’ starring Vince Vaughn and Friends star Jennifer Aniston which is devoted to lots of romantic comedies. The audience must be able to connect with, and relate to, the characters in a romantic comedy. They need to be likeable and down to earth, so that the...

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The Divine Comedy

always been one of the most controversial topics when it comes to diversity. Each religion throughout the world has its own perception of morality, what is good and evil. These come with rewards and punishments, Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, the Divine Comedy, gives an insight to the culmination of medieval thinking developed by the Church. Since Dante’s date of birth is unknown, it is theorized that he was born around 1265. He was born in Florence at the early stages of the Renaissance, and he is considered...

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Drama Essay

2011 HSC Question How are taboos used in black comedy to challenge and confront the audience, and make them laugh? In your answer, refer to study and experience of TWO of the texts set for study Black Comedy, as defined within both an Aristotelian-cathartic model and through a Freudian psychological perspective, aims to allow its audience to bypass the mind’s censor and to allow release of otherwise socially impermissible emotions on issues that are of a dark or macabre nature. It is a form...

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Act Five Scene One Taming of the Shrew

Scene 1 of Taming of the shrew comedy is created in Shakespeare’s usual way; through confusion and deception. The characters creating the most comical responses for the audience are the merchant, Vincentio and Petruchio who I will direct to over exaggerate their body language and facial expressions to create a comedic response; in fitting with Shakespeare’s aims to create a play of a comic genre. I will cast the Merchant as an extremely poor man, therefore creating comedy due to the irony he is nothing...

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Types of Drama

1. Types of Drama a. Comedy  When we talk about comedy, we usually refer to plays that are light in tone, and that typically have happy endings. The intent of a comedic play is to make the audience laugh. In modern theater, there are many different styles of comedy, ranging from realistic stories, where the humor is derived from real-life situations, to outrageous slapstick humor.  Is designed to be entertaining and humorous where misfortune ends in triumph or happiness. It presents characters...

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