Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Humor: Characteristics

The humor genre is defined as a story about man's folly or life's ridiculousness. Therefore, humor juxtaposes the unusual, making the predominate characteristic of this genre is exaggeration:
  • the exaggeration of circumstances
  • the exaggeration of actions
  • the exaggeration of characteristics
  • the exaggeration of emotions or reactions
So although the humor genre is frequently based in reality, reality has been slightly warped. So humor paints a caricature of life with some elements overplayed while others are underplayed.

Finally, since these exaggerations are not noticeable to the main characters, the protagonists will often seem not all that smart.


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