Humor is Derived from a Deviation For What is Considered Human
While a certain degree of humour can be …show more content…
Bergson points out that “life should never repeat itself. Wherever there is repetition or complete similarity, we always suspect some mechanism at work behind the living.” It is not “natural” for repetition to occur. This can be seen in Absurd Person Singular when Sidney and Jane walk into a darkened room and Marion says “boo.” Sidney and Jane’s reaction demonstrates the comedy that can be found in repetition.
Sidney: Well, you had us fooled. They had us fooled there, didn’t they?
Jane: Yes, they had us fooled.
As repetition is not a natural occurrence, Sidney and Jane’s interaction appears not to be genuine and the incongruity between what they are saying and what they actually mean becomes a source of humour. The unnatural and unhuman nature of repetition is humourus. As Eric Weitz notes “the endless river of changing circumstances militates against anything happening exactly the same way twice (or more), and so the use of repetition in an artistic depiction toys with our bodied knowledge of the world.” Thus, as Bergson points out,