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60 Free Essays on Humour

  1. Humour

    I think that humour really is the best medicine. If someone is really upset or really angry a joke could cheer him or her right up. Also laughter could really release someone's stress, and if people were a lot less stressful then the world would be a much better place. Although humour usually c

  2. The Secret of Seinfelds Humour

    Review: The secret of Seinfeld's Humor: The significance of the Insignificant The Secret of Seinfeld's Humor: The significance of the Insignificant, an article written by Jorge Gracia briefly outlines what the author believes to be the origin of the humour with which the popular television show

  3. The Effect of Pen Holding Conditions on the Humour Rating of Funny Cartoons

    THE EFFECT OF PEN HOLDING CONDITIONS ON THE HUMOUR RATING OF FUNNY CARTOONS ABSTRACT Previous research concerning the facial feedback hypothesis contends that manipulation of facial expression induces emotional arousal. The aim of the experiment was to determine whether holding a pen in the mout

  4. Humour and the Dark Side of Reality

    IF one is lucky enough to possess a sense of humour (a rare commodity in the Republic of Pakistan which tends to take itself ultra-seriously and is host to a plague of enemies of laughter) one must hang on to it like dear life. Do not let it go. It is a priceless attribute. This country has just

  5. Dark Humour - a Look at South African Comedy

    Dark humour Like the place itself, African humour is a berserk mix of people, languages, cultures, irony and contradiction. There is very little sensitivity in African comedy. But there is something refreshing in being politically incorrect and irreverent, saying without thinking and not reducin

  6. Theatre of the Absurd Humour Often Relies on a Sense of Hopelessness and Violence.

    The theatre of the absurd encompasses a form of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing repetitious, meaningless dialogues and confusing situations, breaking the logical development, giving way to irrational and illogical speeches. A godless universe, human existence has

  7. 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 an

  8. Humour Advertising

    Impact of humour in ads Humour can be defined as the capability to be laughing at things, the way in which everybody sees that some things are entertaining, or the value of being funny. Funniness is generally used within publicity nowadays whether this is on radio, in newspapers, or on TV as part o

  9. 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

  10. Society in Pride and Prejudice

    Using ‘Pride and Prejudice' discuss how society viewed the ideas of love and marriage. Jane Austen was born in 1775 in the village of Stevenson in Hampshire. She was the seventh of eight children and the daughter of Revered George Austen and his wife Cassandra. From a very young age Ja

  11. 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.

    Although ‘Waiting for Godot' is seen to be very depressing and contains many elements which may mark it as a 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

  12. 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 somet

  13. About a Boy Deals with a Lot of Issues Discuss

    "About a Boy" deals with a lot of issues. Discuss." Nick Hornby's novel "About a Boy" and its adaptation to the screen both exhibit the growth of Will and Marcus through the use of characterization, voice and narrative structure. The focal point of this light hearted story is on shared human re

  14. Great Gatsby 3

    By: F.Scott Fitzgerald Write an essay about the character and function of Nick Carraway. Despite the title, Nick Carraway is the first character we meet, and appropriately his role in The Great Gatsby is crucial; without him the story would lack balance and insight. The first chapter is prim

  15. Situational Humour: Affects on Public and Private Humour

    Situational humour: Affects on public and private humour Recently many researchers have shown interest how humour affects the way the public perceives a certain idea or person. In addition, they have also determined if public humour has a similar affect on different demographics. They have been

  16. Essay on Humour

    HUMOUR Humour is a complex issue that has been looked at through several disciplines including philosophy, and within anthropology. Debates ensue as to what humour is and if it can be defined. Were an extraterrestrial to visit earth and ask what the purpose of laughter was, we would provide an answ

  17. 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

  18. Humour -- a Magnet Between the Sexes

    Humour – a magnet between the sexes. In today's society whatever other problems one may wish to lay at the door of the twentieth century, the substantial liberation of women that has taken place in the past century is surely an example of significant human progress. Never in the history of Western

  19. 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.

    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. 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 go

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

    How does 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,

  21. Humour Seduces a Girl

    Seduce your girl with humour When it comes to seducing a woman, nothing, as it turns out, works better than a man with a self-depreciating sense of humour. What's more is that this finding is based on a two-year scientific research which found that men who can poke fun at themselves are most

  22. 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 certa

  23. Humour

    Humour or humor (see spelling differences) is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: umor, "body

  24. 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 emotion

  25. Pygmalion

    Writing about what happens to Eliza at the end of the play, Shaw commented "people in all directions have assumed for no other reason than that became the heroine of a romantic, that she must have married the hero of it". Do you agree from your consideration of Higgins's and Eliza with his words

  26. 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 audien

  27. How Is Shrek Shown to Be the Hero

    ‘Shrek' uses presentational devices to defy the stereotypical views of man-eating ogres, showing Shrek to be valiant and good- hearted. Similarly, the parody of the genre is further explored through presentational devices which contrast "Lord Farquaad" with the stereotypical fairytale prince.

  28. ‘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 cri

  29. Comparing Humour in Telephone Conversation and Westminster Abbey

    Differing ways the poets use humour to criticise people Both poems are satirical commentaries addressing the themes of racial and social prejudice but the poems have differing approaches. Betjeman’s poem starts with the title In Westminster Abbey, a very grandiose place associated with Coron

  30. British Sense of Humour

    British sense of humour "Britain is known for its humour as France is known for its food and wine". If people who are living outside the United Kingdom are asked to characterise British humour, many of them will probably mention the jokes of one of the Monty Python series or maybe quotes fr