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Comedy Essays

The merchant of Venice

INTROUCTION In this comedy; the merchant of Venice, the character Shylock is a Jew living in a foreign town. The Jew is rich and the other competitors in business, who happen to be Venetians, blame him for charging exorbitant usury to his money borrowers. He is also accused of being non Christian and lacking human …

Trailer Park Boys

Vulgar, Raunchy, and Canadian The Showcase Television Network series, Trailer Park Boys, is a Canadian mockumentary created and directed by Mike Clattenburg. The show covers the shenanigans and crimes of the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park residents. Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, the three protagonists, are constantly on the hunt for ways to make money, find liquor, …

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Jon Stewart

Jeremy Wilson Hershenberg Government 2301 9 September 2012 Jon Stewart Jonathan Stewart Leibowits was born in Trenton, New Jersey on November 28, 2012, son of a Physicist and a teacher of gifted students. “I was the wise guy of the family” (Stewart), he had only one brother to compete with. Stewart’s parents got a divorce …

Magna Soles: a Satire

Paul Stevenson Mrs. Pierson AP English III MagnaSoles™: A Satire 12/9/11 In this article from The Onion, the intent was to ridicule the American system of commercial capitalism. The author makes illogical appeals to logos as well as mockingly uses different forms of propaganda in order to satirize this obnoxious tradition. Several imitation appeals to …

To what extent can hector be catagorised as a comic figure

In Alan Bennett’s “tragi-comic” play ‘The History Boys’ our main comedic protagonist is introduced to us, the audience, as a rather large jovial character simply known as his nickname Hector (his real name is Douglas). In the beginning our jester hector expels exuberance and joy in his work and towards the boys in his class, …

Bran Nue Dae Notes

Learning intention: To better understand thematic issues, of Bran Nue Dae and the behaviours, motivations and relationships of the characters. 1. Describe in your own words the events, actions and characters depicted in the animated sequence, the use of both on-screen and camera movement, and the general colour scheme. What might these elements be suggesting …

Is Mosca the True Comic Hero in Volpone: the Fox?

Volpone, written by Ben Jonson, is about a wealthy con artist who is conned by his ‘parasite’ servant. It can be argued that his servant, Mosca, is the true comic hero of the comedy on account of him being imperative to the cons. The traditional comic hero is one who is able to make the …

Icarus

The modern world has certainly evolved from the time of ancient Greece. In the poem Icarus, by Edward Field, a Greek mythological character is placed in the bustling, ironic reality of the modern world. The once fearless and ambitious Icarus, takes his risk taking too far and finds himself miserable and trapped. His only failure …

English custody of the pumpkin

McAllister Angus McAllister is a true example of a hot tempered, honest, righteous Scotsman. Far from being aristocratic McAllister had values that he was not willing to compromise. At the very beginning of the story the reader is introduced to Angus McAllister, head gardener to the ninth earl of Emsworth. As described by Woodhouse, while …

Custody of The Pumpkin

Situation: Humorous, old earl obsessed with a pumpkin with a son who complicates the pumpkin issue with his marriage. Ludicrous, has a happy resolution. Funny part; telescope, chance upon his son fooling around, thinking the cats attacked the pumpkin, his reaction when his son tells him he’s married, the garden situation, the fact that the …

Wisdom, humor and faith

“Humor offers both a form of wisdom and a means of survival in a threatening world. It demands that we reckon with the realities of human nature and the world without falling into grimness and despair. ” Roger Shattuck, The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France—1885 to World War I, rev. ed. …

The Role of Humorists

Cartoonists, stand-up comics, and hosts for television programs promote a diverse sense of humor to the public. According to Alain de Boton, “The chief aim of humorists is not merely to entertain but convey with impunity messages that might be dangerous or impossible to state directly.” I agree with his assertion that humorists can speak …

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