Free Essays on Humour

  1. Humour and Leadership

    Why it is possible to be serious at work without being serious – the use of humour in the workplace and how it impacts on the effectiveness of leadership Leaders in today’s cut throat world of corporate industry face an enormous challenge. In the midst of achieving the organisation’s goals and pursuing...

  2. The Effect of Humour in Galloway's the Cellist of Sarajevo

    People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Riddles and jokes have been told for centuries to make light of situations and to make people laugh. Humour is the tendency of particular experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. People are able to be amused, laugh, or smile at something...

  3. Humour in Advertising

    Humour in Advertising Introduction The Encyclopedia Britannica defines humor as a ¡§form of communication in which a complex, mental stimulus illuminates, or amuses, or elicits the reflex of laughter¡¨. Many marketers use humor in advertising as a way of appealing to consumer¡¦s emotions. These...

  4. How Does the Author Use Humour in Out Island Doctor?

    How does the author use humour in Out Island Doctor? In the autobiography, Out-Island Doctor, Evans W. Cottman has a dream of exploring the Bahamas. He contacts a commissioner in the Bahamas and soon makes plans to visit. Cottman arrives in the Bahamas and endures a very difficult sail to Mangrove Cay...

  5. How Does Bill Bryson Use Humour to Entertain His Reader?

    Bill Bryson use humour to entertain his reader? ‘Notes from a Small Island’, written by Bill Bryson is a reflective travel journal comparing Bryon’s past views and opinions of Britain, his expectations and thus the reality of what he discovers it to have become. Bryson uses satire, humour, irony and sarcasm...

  6. Life Is Beautiful

    In the film Life is Beautiful directed by Roberto Benigni several moods are created throughout the film. Romance, tension and humour were created through aspects such as dialog, camera techniques and colour that were used in the film. In this essay I will analyse how these moods were created using different...

  7. Choose Two Servants and Two Scenes from ‘the Rivals’ and Explain How You Would Direct Them to Show the Role of That Character and How It Would Create Humour.

    explain how you would direct them to show the role of that character and how it would create humour. In act 1 scene 1, we are introduced to Fag, the male servant of Captain Jack Absolute. Fag is an object of humour, we learn he loves gossip, and has an eye for fashion, but the real comedy is in how he...

  8. Summary of 3 Men in a Boat

    comedy, and the fact that it was written in the late Victorian period and was an instant bestseller seems even harder to believe. Nowadays a sense of humour does not immediately spring to mind as a defining characteristic of the Victorians, particular as Queen Victoria herself is famous for the remark,...

  9. Novel Discussions

    fear and tension? What effect would this have on the reader? Why humour? • Atmosphere (rest of novel) = Suspense and humour are used at various points in the novel e.g. chp 55 when Pip has no expectations there is suspense and humour. • Themes: (Need to discuss each theme and show how it is introduced...

  10. catcher in the rye Humour

    dance. Salinger used Holden’s sense of humor to show his childish side, and also to help readers connect with Holden. Without the childish and witty humour the book may have put off readers because of how sad and dark the novel was. Holden meets the mother of one of his classmates and lies through his...

  11. Humour in Tragedy

    Humour in Tragedy Shakespeare’s play Hamlet has been performed more than any other play in the world. By reading or watching the play, a conclusion can be made that the humour is what makes it so appealing. “Well aware that several hours of unrelenting angst would be a bit much for his audience to...

  12. Pygmalion - essay

    supporter of socialism He was always an expert in this field, and thus his plays are famous throughout the world today. Each play is full of criticism and humour, mocking society. Pygmalion is a play, written in 1912, in which George Bernard Shaw brings to life the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea, yet at the...

  13. Analysing Pride and Prejudice

    ‘telling’ stance of the narrator which serves to make them comprehend the irony and hypocrisy of some of the characters and to appreciate the resulting humour they exude. The extract begins with Austen using dialogue in which the reader seems to hear the character of Mr Collins speak. This dramatic mode...

  14. twelfth night

    The book “Twelfth Night” is written by William Shakespeare. In the book he uses humour. Shakespeare uses 4 types of humour which are: dramatic irony which is when the audience knows something that the character doesn’t, disguise is where someone is being someone else, mistaken identity where someone...

  15. paul durcan

    he uncovers the parts of life in a private but certified way that makes him unique. Many of his poems are personal and intimate yet, contain dark humour through out. In his poerty he commonly discusses the dark areas of marriage and relationships at breaking point, such as in his poems 'Nessa','Fathers...

  16. ‘the Merchants Tale Is Full of Destructive Wit and Farcical, Popular Humour.’

    ‘The Merchants Tale is full of destructive wit and farcical, popular humour.’ In the light of this comment consider the variety humour in the merchant’s tale. The coupling of obscenity with literary art, which thus enables the discourse of poetry to become the object of satire, is, as critic David...

  17. The Millers Tale Has No Moral Instruction; Chaucer's Aim Is Only to Make Us Laugh. Consider This View in Your Analysis of 'the Miller's Tale' (Include the Portrait and Prologue).

    huge contrast between him and the drunken Miller. This contrast is used to suggest that Absolon will suffer mostly from the hands of the Millers humour. The humour shown to mock Absolon could suggest that this tale is just a comedy; but it could also be seen as a way for Chaucer to ridicule the Church. Evidence...

  18. How to Have Fun in the Work Place

    Making FUN a profit factor...    In this series of articles, Kevin Ryan describes how companies have used humour to benefit their business' bottom line.  1Dress for fun Wear something frivolous – every day if appropriate. It doesn’t have to be visible: ‘naughty’...

  19. What has research told us about the place of fun and humour at work

    What has research told us about the place of fun and humour at work? In your view what significance does this research have to offer the practicing manager and students of Organizational Behaviour? Fun and humour are very ambiguous terms when it comes to completely defining what makes people laugh...

  20. Holocaust

    The Messenger is successful because of it’s loveable characters. Throughout the novel, the reader has grown to love Ed due to his self-deprecating humour, exemplified when he makes fun of himself early in the novel by saying, “I list what I am. Taxi driver. Local deadbeat. Cornerstone of mediocrity....

  21. My Father, Man Enough to Be Dad

    temperament with his responsibility add a hint of his principles and a dash of his humour, to me he would then be capable of running the country. Mr. Mbeki please take the back seat- Mr. Zuma step aside I’m bringing in major DAD! Humour aside, truth be told my dad is the calmness of my soul, Always there to sooth...

  22. Levi Roots Essay

    techniques such as pausing, overlapping, turn taking and accent in order to persuade the dragons. The dragons respond in a warm way, and join in the humour Levi creates throughout the interview; this suggests that Levi root was successful in persuading the dragons. His use of language also sets mood and...

  23. юмор

    университет» Институт филологии, журналистики и межкультурной коммуникации Кафедра теории и практики английского языка РЕФЕРАТ НА ТЕМУ: «BRITISH HUMOUR» По направлению 035700 - Лингвистика Исполнитель: студент 4 курса Кисиленко А.А. Проверил: Зав. кафедры теории и практики английского...

  24. Funny Ads

    Humour certainly succeeds in getting people’s attention and is the most effective advertising strategy of our time.” Advertisement is one of the important things for a company’s marketing. It can say that in today’s modern life advertisement plays a key role in order for any company or product to...

  25. Humour Theory-the Flinstones

    Prehistoric Humour - The Flintstones I. Caricatures and cartoons Why do we laugh? Laughter is one of the things we just don’t give ourselves an account to. It just happens, and in most of the cases it is out of our control. (see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3077386). We need certain...

  26. Cosi

    effective technique because it reveals Lewis’s nervousness and lack of confidence as a director. * Stage directions are also used to reveal the humour and action on the on stage performance. At the end of act one scene two, the audience is informed by Doug that there is a fire. Nowra uses stage directions...

  27. How to Be Funny in a Speech When You Are Not a Comedian

    it needs to be funny throughout or more probably needs to use humour in parts, here are the factors you need to consider: How to find the humour “Comedy is a funny way of being serious” – Peter Ustinov The universal formula for humour and jokes involves three classic steps: Step 1: Take the topic...

  28. How Funny Do You Find ‘Waiting for Godot'? Explore the Ways in Which Beckett Uses Humour in the Play and the Likely Impact That This Would Have on the Audience.

    tragedy, the four characters create a great deal of humour in their mannerisms and their behaviour. Beckett created the concept of ‘The Theatre of the Absurd', a play on human emotions and character which may give off feelings of despair, yet also of humour simultaneously. Most of the time, the audience tends...

  29. Essay

    shown by stating: “You are putting two things together that don't go together. Babyhood should be about protection, nurturing and gentleness, not adult humour and cynicism” (Snow); she further reveals insight into the attitude by inserting words with distinct connotations such as “gentleness” implying positive...

  30. Casino

    situation and therefore the use of black humour in the film makes it suitable for the younger viewers. The scene even though intense and dramatic is made comical by Bonds comments and makes the film humorous and more enjoyable for 12 year olds. The use of black humour in the film makes it suitable for the...

  31. Runner

    will teach Charlie the meaning of friendship. He is an honest voice, able to see through Charlie's illusions. He is loyal and has a great sense of humour. Even though their relationship is built upon a lie, as Charlie ‘didn't have the heart to tell him that it should have been him on Squizzy Taylor's...

  32. Humour

    B) How can you use humour to your advantage in formal communication? a. Humour as a tool of promoting your product/business. 1. Humour is also a great tool that can be used to market your business. It is another way to engage with your customers on a different platform. (Martinez, L. (2009)...

  33. Stylistics

    on what they need like food, proper care, attention and enough sleep. They move in their own world of reality. FIGURES OF SPEECH & WORDPLAY. Humour. The phrase ‘rattle of iron’ usually refers to big people as in dictators who are the centre of attraction. Babies rule with a rattle of iron...

  34. Development of Ancient Medicine

    ¡¥the four humours¡¦. Its formation was due to the belief that the world was made up of four elements ¡V air, earth, fire and water. So, the human body was made up of the four humours known as ¡V blood, phlegm, yellow bile (choler), and black bile (melancholy). Illness occurs when the four humours were out...

  35. Humor and Pathos in David Copperfield

    HUMOUR AND PATHOS IN “DAVID COPPERFIELD” Dickens’s world is often criticized for not being life-like, but strangely it is his forte for making them extraordinarily alive. Such is the magnificence of his creative imagination. A street in London is described by Dickens is certainly a street in London...

  36. A detailed analysis of Ken Loach’s claims and the methods he uses in the football scene in ‘Kes’

    away emphasises the height he had climbed. It also shows that he does not care about Mr Sugdon’s football match, therefore being the cause of more humour. As the second goal is scored by the opposition, Casper who is in goal jumps out of the way of the ball. This conveys to us that he was scared of...

  37. Studying the Documentary Bowling for Columbine

    required to undergo a six-week background check and that Moore glossed over this fact, it is his humour and his mocking style that makes him successful. It is of course, easier for me to focus on the humour and to enjoy Moore’s style because I feel very distanced from the reality of a gun culture. (needs...

  38. Midsummer Nights Dream- Puck the Protagonist

    turn creates the events that unravel during the course of the play. In my opinion Puck ii the main instigator of the key events of the play, also his humour and comical side helps to make the play thoroughly more entertaining than it would be without him in it. Also at the end of the play he does a sort...

  39. In the Films You Have Studied, How Important Are Performances in Creating Comedy?

    to discuss how the performances (mise-en-scene) in each film creates humour for the audience and therefore defines its genre. I will first discuss East is East, the film mainly uses accent and dialect as a way of creating humour, George uses words akin to British culture such as ‘bloody’, he says...

  40. Derp

    uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).   Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45...

  41. To Kill a Mockingbird

    story through the eyes of a child, with the tone and distance of an adult, some of the difficulties of the issues are ameliorated, or softened through humour, naïveté and childish curiosity. The use of a child/adult narrator provides dramatic irony, contrasting Scout’s innocence and honesty against the prejudice...

  42. Mao Last dancer

    sitting in my state” - Malvolio Technique- Soliloquy (source of humour) “And the spirit of humors intimate reading aloud to him” – Sir Toby Belch technique- soliloquy of narration (sharing the humour) technique- word play (used for humour) “And “o” shall end, I hope”- Fabian “I do not now fool myself...

  43. To Kill a Mockingbird

    feature which is I find effective in the novel. An example of this is the humour which is gained through from Scout’s inability to understand difficult concepts, which can be put down to her simplicity as a child. I feel that this humour adds another element to the storyline, letting the reader have a real...

  44. Twelfth Night

    self-deceived and we, as the audience, begin to realise ourselves that we are sometimes deceived. This creates great opportunities for Shakespeare to create humour and dramatic irony, which a Shakespearian audience would understand. Deception also links in with the other key themes of love and disguise. When...

  45. Theatre of the 21st century

    modernise twelfth night in order to make the play enjoyable to a modern audience if stripped too much of originality it can lack comprehensiveness and humour. In the performance we saw all but one of the cast members wore what looked like their own clothes as their costume. The only actor to not wear casual...

  46. How Far Were Developments in Rome a Good Example of Progress?

    were used for the next 1500 years. He developed Hippocrates idea of the four humours, and their need to be in balance. Galen thought of the idea of opposites. For example, if someone had a fever, then according to the four humours theory they had too much yellow bile, and that was linked to the element of...

  47. new doc #8

    brimonidine Glaucoma drugs: classes and specific drugs 2. beta blockers: timolol, betaxolol, careolol Glaucoma - Epinephrine 1. decrease aq humour synthesis through vasoconstriction 2. mydriasis, stinging 3. DO NOT USE in closed angle 1. mechanism 2. side effects Glaucoma - Brimonidine ...

  48. "Othello" and use of persuasive language

    predominant persuasive techniques used by Iago are: appealing to humour, repetition, appealing to emotions and the timing of revelation of information. One predominant technique used by Iago to manipulate other characters is by appealing to humour. This is mostly evident when Iago persuades Cassio to become...

  49. Laughter

    Laughter reduces at least four of neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress response.  Clinical studies have shown that humour strengthens the immune system.  Humour allows a person to “forget” about pains such as aches, arthritis, etc…  Women seem to benefit more than men in preventing hypertension...

  50. sara

    actually kind of nervous before the speech, but during the speech I actually had fun. One thing I wish to keep doing in my next speech is to keep an humours tone to the speech. Making people laugh is a great way to have them interested throughout the whole speech. Listening to someone that jokes and keeps...

  51. Humour and Irony in 'the Guide"

    Humour and Irony in The Guide (B.O) As a humorist R.K. Narayan occupies highest rank among all the indo-Anglican novelists. His humour is all – pervasive and most varied. There is in him virtual humour arising from jokes, jests, repartee and retorts. Again, one get in him humour of situation and of...

  52. The Amazing World of Laughter

    of Laughter and Its Super Healing Power (A short review) Humour is greatly related with laughter. Humour earned a nickname --- the invisible weapon. Why is it so? Psychologist Steve Wilson thinks that it is because our sense of humour is like gravity : a powerful force that cannot be observed directly...

  53. dfffd

    page as you. The only difference is that you can’t quite grasp the content of the page per se. Besides that, a friend must also be able to humour you. Humour plays a quintessential role in making your day more lively and enjoyable. Friends who pull your leg and mess about will indefinitely make life...

  54. Much Ado About Nothing - Transcends Time

    including funny situations and characters, Much Ado About Nothing is similar to modern day comedy movies and TV shows. This proves that the type of humour Shakespeare strives to attain is carried out well into the 20th and 21st centuries. In Much Ado About Nothing animal imagery and references are...

  55. Biology

    industry, and celebrity-spotting is frequent throughout many Caribbean cities. Caribbean humour[edit] Caribbean humour is an integral part of the Caribbean Identity. There are several traditions in Caribbean humour in English, Spanish andFrench. While these traditions are distinct and at times very different...

  56. Wasp Factory

    protagonist said he comitted, humour is used in the description. This kind of dark humour that makes us laugh at things we would not usually laugh at once again makes us more involved in the story thus making us more likely to empathise with the main character. Also, the humour used in the descriptions of...

  57. Romeo and Juliet Essay

    proper and formal noble of the era. Humour has a very important role in Romeo and Juliet as it creates a vast array of emotions and prepares the audience/reader for more serious and less humorous events to come later on in the play. The most obvious form of humour that is evident in the play is the use...

  58. Scales of Justice

    of his decision, preventing boredom in the audience, and the drama creates entertainment. Caswell has also integrated humour into ‘Scales of Justice’ to entertain the responder. Humour is prominent in Scene 26, where Len and Borland are escorting an intoxicated elderly woman home. The woman soon urinates...

  59. The Hot Chick

    the cringe factor but instead hit the jackpot. Director Tom Brady created a film that equalled comedic movie success due to the achievement of the humour, acting, music, screenplay and overall end product of ‘The Hot Chick’. Brady’s...

  60. Shakespeare's comedy is based on cruelty and subversion

    into each other by almost insensible gradiations’ and therefore this play can be nothing more than just humorous and not have vindictive humour. Playful humour in one’s eyes can be seen in Act 1 when Beatrice deliberately humiliates or misconstrues the messenger by changing his words and coming back...