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  • Divine Comedy
    468 words
    The Divine Comedy was a key element to the development of European literature. By writing the epic style poem in the vernacular, he enabled all people of general literacy (ie, the commoner) with the liberty to read his work of art. This was such a landmark event because scholars of the past had always written in Latin including two of the most influential people in his life, the epic poets Virgil and Homer. Latin was the language of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church therefore no one ever ...
  • Several Elements Of The Modern Comedy
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    The classic tragedy, as defined by Aristotle, has six major parts. These parts include a plot, characters, theme, melody, spectacle, and language. All stories, according to Aristotle must have a beginning, middle, and end, and must follow a logical sequence according to these six elements. The plot is the series of events, or sequence in which the action of the play occurs. Plot must follow a cause and effect relationship, which follows a logical pattern. Characters are the people in the play, w...
  • White Interpretation Of Black Humor
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    Professor Jim Gray of Sonoma State University defines culture as a means of survival. Going by this definition of culture the evolution of black humor has definitely been a foundation in the survival of the comedy in America. This paper will be a discussion of how African American Humor has evolved and for centuries has changed and continues to change the way we look at comedy. Before beginning this paper, I must stress the importance of humor for all races. Truly, the environment in which most ...
  • Admetus The Corpse Of Alcestis
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    Alcestis is a myth that is 'the most touching of all the Greek dramas to a modern audience' (Lind 213). It is a tragicomedy by the playwright Euripides and it centers on the king and queen of Thessalia. Admetus, the king, has been fated to die yet, due to his alliance with Apollo, is given the chance to find a replacement. His wife, Alcestis, volunteers for the position claiming that she cannot imagine life without her husband. After Alcestis submits her life, Admetus discovers the pain of loss ...
  • False Identities Tom And Lucentio
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    False identities, lies and deceit, Lucentio from The Taming Of The Shrew and Tom from The Talented Mr. Ripley did all of these things. They both lied about what they like or what they did. They both took false identities to get the girl that they wanted to like them. Though they have many similarities comedies and dramas end very differently. The Talented Mr. Ripley is a drama and ends in tragedy, The Taming Of The Shrew is a comedy and ends with happiness. Lucentio and Tom both lied to get what...
  • Greek Comedy
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    Theater and drama in Ancient Greece took form in about 5th century BCE, with the Sophocles, the great writer of tragedy. In his plays and those of the same genre, heroes and the ideals of life were depicted and glorified. It was believed that man should live for honor and fame, his action was courageous and glorious and his life would climax in a great and noble death. Originally, the hero's recognition was created by selfish behaviors and little thought of service to others. As the Greeks grew ...
  • Characteristics Of Comedy
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    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...
  • Commitment Comedies In Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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    To What Extent, and Why, does contemporary romantic comedy follow or depart from the conventions established in the classic Hollywood era? Answer with reference to at least two films. FM 3011 - Comedy To what extent, and why, does contemporary Hollywood romantic comedy follow or depart from the conventions established in the classic Hollywood era? In the 1970's, Brian Henderson predicted that, due to 'changes within family structures and sexual relationships', and a 'loss of faith in the interes...
  • Actress Like Lucille Ball
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    Just mention Lucy, and everyone knows who you " re talking about. Lucille Ball is without a doubt the world's greatest actress and the most famous redhead. She is remembered most for her famous TV character, Lucy Ricardo, but there was more to her than just the famous character she portrayed on I Love Lucy. Lucille could play all types of roles, including drama, comedy, and musical. There was much more to her than what people thought. Her film career began with bit parts in the early 1930's. Luc...
  • Greek Woman States
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    A Review of Lysistrata Lysistrata, a play written by Aristophanes, was first performed in 411 B.C. It portrays an arousing comedy of a plan to end the war between Athens and Sparta as proposed by an Athenian woman, Lysistrata. To do this, she holds a meeting among the women of Greece in an effort to convince them that men will succumb to peace as a result of sexual frustration. The women agree, seizing the Acropolis to keep themselves separated from the men. Eventually, tension possesses all of ...
  • Richard Pryor
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    A Comparison of: Richard Pryor and Sinbad Question; Is it what you accomplish that makes one great, or how you accomplish it. Richard Pryor and David Adkins or "Sinbad" are two of the most notorious comedians in American culture, but the lives they lived were on extreme ends of the spectrum. They both started out in or were kind of pushed into comedy when their real hopes and dreams fell short. Both of them served their country in the army for two years, and then jumped on the comedy circuit, tr...
  • Full Monty
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    THE FULL MONTY Starring: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Steve Huis on, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer. Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy. Director: Peter Cattaneo. Watching the most infectious comic moment in the British import The Full Monty - a film rich with infectious comic moments - can teach you a lot about what so many Hollywood comedies get so wrong. The scene is set in a Yorkshire unemployment office where the film's six protagonists, laid-off steelworkers in training to become male exotic ...
  • Aristophanes Comedies
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    Aristophanes Aristophanes is considered by most scholars to be the foremost Greek playwright and poet of the old "Attic" style of comedy. He was born in 447 BC, in the deme of Cyd athenaeum. He was known to be the son of Philippos, and he enjoyed the benefits of an aristocratic life and education. Little is known about the personal life of Aristophanes, but it was known that he served as a councilor early in the fourth century. He sired three sons, Philippos, Arabs, and Niko stratos, all of whom...
  • Overall Comic Effect Of The Play
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    Aristophanes' play "Qesmoforiazogsai" ("The Poet and the Women") is an excellent comedy. Standing the test of time and the often diminishing process of translation into English it remains amusing today just as it doubtlessly was to its original Athenian audience. It is a well-controlled comedy with a fluent plot, striking dialogue and intelligent characterisation. But above all it passes the fundamental test of its genre in that it is funny. Aristophanes employs a rich and diverse array of comic...
  • Abbott Costello
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    In 1931, at Empire theater in New York City, Lou Costello and his crew grew worried that they would not be able to find a replacement for his straight man who became ill and was unable to perform. Fortunately, a fellow by the name of Bud Abbott was working the box office at the theater and offered to substitute. These two men performed so well together that Abbott played straight man to Costello buffoon from then on. William Bud Alexander Abbott, the clown in the straight man / clown relationshi...
  • Good Television Situation Comedy
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    Television situation comedy is a writer!'s medium. Good situation comedy depends on the performances of its central characters. To what extent do you think these statements are true? Good television situation comedy depends on many crucial factors. Two of the most important factors are the performance of the actors, the quality of the writer!'s script. Good situation comedy, to a large extent, ultimately depends on the performances of its central characters. Although the script is also important...
  • Misunderstanding Between Mortimer And His Brewster Family
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    Beginning with acts such as Abbott and Costello, and episodes of "I Love Lucy", humor is often the result of a misunderstanding. In the movie, "Arsenic and Old Lace", the plot combines murder and insanity. "Arsenic and Old Lace", seemingly outlines a mystery or drama, however with the addition of misunderstanding, it becomes a comedy. The humor is drawn from the characters' relationships with one another as well as the characters themselves, being misunderstood. The movie centers on two sisters,...

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