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  • Waiting For Godot Absurdity Analysis

    adapt to “the modern virtue of mechanical involvement in work” and employment is mark of modern manhood. This is why they are waiting for Godot who will provide a definition to their existence. Uncertainty also affects with the memory of the characters, making them feel uncertain about little details, from the protagonist’s meeting Pozzo and Lucky and the messenger, the time and everything else. In Act 2, Vladimir tries to make Pozzo remember about their meeting the day before, but Pozzo denies by having any memory of it. This response makes Pozzo feel disappointed because “the air is full of our crisis” (Waiting for Godot, p.58) as nobody is certain about their memory, their future and existence itself. And Samuel Beckett tries to create comedy from these uncertainties and despair of his characters. This comic element prevents the play from being too tragic in its metaphoric message. Though Estragon is certain about most event, he also has no memory of meeting Pozzo and Lucky. He says “I don’t know” (Waiting for Godot, p.43) but he remembers being beaten by Pozzo. This act of forgetting is an easy escapism from the consciousness of absurdity thus contributing further to the uncertainty. Estragon’s forgetfulness is “linked with the idea of repression, which is the ‘forgetting’ or ignoring of unresolved conflicts. (Barry, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, 1995) Through the concept of uncertainty, Beckett presents the notion of consciousness…

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  • Analysis Of Borders By Thomas King

    The political dispute of identity versus citizenship is one that is persistently debated. In “Borders” by Thomas King, the narrator’s mother is traveling to Salt Lake City and must go through the borders between America and Canada. The protagonist experiences the conflict of man versus society as she feels the need to defend her identity from the guards. Thomas King makes the implicit political claim that identity and citizenship are not one in the same. The story is written from the point of…

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  • What Is The Theme Of Irony In Miriam Toew's A Complicated Kindness

    In the Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness, the irony is used throughout the book to get deeper meanings across. Toews’s even uses dark and adolescent humor to not only to show the gap between reality and the ideal but also to bridge that gap. An example of this ironically laced humor would be Nomi explaining what there is to do in East Village ‘”Golf was another one because it consisted of using a rod to hit something much, much smaller than yourself and a lot of men in this town enjoyed that…

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  • Slapstick Comedy: Slapstick

    Chaplin’s ‘ film the ‘Modern Times’ was produced in 1936s. It included man-eating machines, where they were foraging for food, and they were consuming materialism, and about the Tramp’s interaction with machines. At the start of the first scene pace was to go inside the machine. Yet further on in the film he tramp feeds a mechanic who is stuck inside a machine during their lunchtime. All we see in the camera view is eating. These scenes are looked at as observations on the openings to Chaplin’s…

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  • Irony In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

    Jane Austen’s is an influential, powerful writer and her unique style is one that is recognizable. Her two comedy of manners novels, Pride and Prejudice and Emma, reveal Austen’s personal views and opinions of the mid eighteenth century society while she makes the reader laugh at the witty truths in her writing. The styles of the novels reflect one another through the use of irony, characterization and theme. Jane Austen uses irony to get her point across in a comedic manner. The opening…

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  • It Happened One Night Film Analysis

    according to those in favor of censorship. In Capra’s film ideal America cracks with screwball humor, pointing out the absurdity of grown adults behaving in such a restrained manner. It Happened One Night is a classic screwball comedy; however, Capra goes one step further with a film that acknowledges the ongoing state of the nation with the presence of the Great Depression in the film. The two main characters behave differently, usually based on their different social classes. This main…

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  • Summary Of Erving Goffman's Theory

    In the article, Integrating Dark Humor and Compassion, theorist Erving Goffman 's theory of Dramaturgy, is utilized to explicate the various ways in which individuals present themselves in the setting of Hospice care. Hospice care is defined as Dramaturgy views everyday interactions of social life as a series of dramatic performances like that of a theater. This is based on Goffman 's concept of the self, "the sense of who one is that is a dramatic effect emerging from the immediate…

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  • Lysistrata Analysis

    unknown to the characters in a story. Therefore, the audience will react differently to certain incidences compared to what the characters actually do. In the play Lysistrata, the audience knows that the women of Athens are on a sex strike, but the men in the play do not. In scene three, Cinesias desperately begs her wife, Myrrhine, to sleep with him while she does everything to tease him without fulfilling his request. This situation amuses the audience because they know Myrrhine’s motive while…

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  • Definition Essay-What If Comedy Was Funny

    What if Comedy Was Funny So much of todays comedy lacks depth and creativity, however good comedy is much more. There are many things that make me laugh, from the simple and silly, to the deep and thought provoking. Comedy is a large part of my life and brings me joy in its many forms. When it comes to what is the best comedy, I often ask myself why what I think is funny, is actually funny. The best comedy is comedy that is insightful, with a unique perspective and can be an effective way…

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  • The Elements Of Comedy And Tragedy In Dürrenmatt

    The Visit is primarily a work of social and personal criticism, and thus Dürrenmatt employs both elements of comedy and tragedy within his play in order to highlight the human flaws of greed and vengeance as they interfere with justice and freedom. The literary devices that he employs serve both as a vehicle for tragedy as well as comedy-- Dürrenmatt has masterfully interwoven these two opposites so that they two play off of each other in a way that skillfully guides the audience to their own…

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