Although I am convinced about this play fitting to the genre of Satire, tragicomedy is my main focus of which The History Boys fits in as it contains a lot of it, maybe to appeal to a wider audience. It is for this reason I can argue that The History Boys can be considered as a tragicomedy to a certain extent rather than being completely satirical. The History Boys was set and takes place in the 80s, when the reign of Margaret Thatcher was in full swing. The issues surrounding the education system of Margaret Thatcher is the main reason why Bennett consistently mocks others throughout its entirety but with a sense of comic relief which is why The History Boys is arguably considered to be a tragicomedy, however could be looked at upon as slightly satircal to an extent due to certain parts. An example that is key to understanding why The History Boys could be considered as a tragicomedy is the mocking of A Levels, especially seen from Hector “Boys, boys, boys.
In Twelfth Night, this is demonstrated by the numerous complications caused by Viola's physical disguise, as well as Orsino’s self deception. Although the characters themselves illustrate the concept of deception, the setting contributes to the theme. Illyria was a mystical location where weird and absurd thing could take place, therefore causing people to behave like fools. The fact that Shakespeare uses this particular location gives him the advantage of breaking the boundaries and stirring up an eccentric storyline where the outcome would be unpredictable. The main form of deception that most readers would look to, would be Viola’s physical disguise as a male ’Cesario’, which is extremely pivotal to the main plot that contributes to the comedy side to the play.
It is necessary to take a closer look at whether or not violence in the media really is responsible for this development and then to examine what censorship may entail before taking such a far-reaching decision. Many concerned people, ranging from worried parents through to reputable psychologists, deplore the ever-present nature of violence in the media, claiming that this is the reason why people are increasingly prepared to commit violent acts. They argue that violence is being propagated as normal or even entertaining. Violence is in the newspapers, on the news, in film plots and in cartoons. Violence is a source of laughter in children's programs; films present it as staple fare; it is served as pseudo-information in sensation-hungry newspapers and on reality TV; and it is even glorified by some musicians in their lyrics and performances.
This results in extreme and inaccurate views of the activities of young people, that often relies upon scare tactics and the over exaggeration of rare news stories in order to make such activities seem worse than they are. This leads to youth being constructed as folk devils, which occurs after the resulting moral panics. Examples of this include the mods and rockers of the 1960s. Although relatively few youths identified as either of these labels, as the media pushed the story of the 'war between mods and rockers' onto the public, this in turn led to more youths choosing to identify as a mod or rocker. This is known as the deviancy amplification spiral, in which the media makes a relatively small problem much worse, thus presenting young people as a problem group.
Antonia Peacocke uses short parts of from different authors to shape her argument, agreeing with some and pointing fun at others. She recognizes some of the steps taken due to the fact that the content of some of the jokes are not for younger ears. She ends her article explaining that although she feels that there is more to the jokes on Family Guy than the offensive crudity that people like to point out she still finds that people still need to realize that some jokes do go too far and take to heart "the distinction between a shamelessly candid but insightful joke and a merely shameless joke".
His comedy is so great that he is able to transcend normal societal rules; Elizabethan England was an incredibly hierarchal society in which absolute respect ought to be shown to those in power, and yet although he is a servant, the Fool’s humorous nature seems to exempt him from the expectation of respectfulness. The Fool is not present after Act 3, and his absence removes the comic relief of the play and plunges it into more serious,
It drives the play forward, the audience being given incomplete information and left to keep guessing in anticipation. Knowledge is also a source of comedy it is acquired and interpreted in different ways by different people which causes a satirical effect. The acquisition knowledge is not only key theme in the plot, but also plays a role in the audience and how the play is viewed. Stoppard invites the audience to make presumptions which he then proves false, to alert the audience to the fact that knowledge is hard to acquire and can easily be falsely interpreted. An example of this is the presumption at the end of scene 4 when a gunshot is heard.
It provides the audience with a vivid understanding of time and the image it creates. Also, the remarkable language indicating Macbeth’s insanity, and it’s lasting effect throughout the play. The passage also brought into a clearer explanation Macbeth’s tragic flaw, which was his weakness towards his ambition. Through these clever themes and images, much can be determined of the play, therefore making it the most gorgeous scene within
* The persistence of melodrama in popular culture suggests a fascination the evolving nature of the social, political and ideological crisis of the day. * As such, a reminder go the public that those appear to us as the losers time and time again, do not perhaps deserve to be so. * Melodrama aims to different kinds of drama, but it shows you what it means if the character does not survive or does not
Juvenile Delinquency is prevalent in our society today and has many factors that contribute to the on-going cycle. It is a criminal behavior that minors engage in. We live in a society that is depended heavily upon the media, whereas in the last half of the century, the source of entertainment was reading a simple comic book. What is seen today was hush-hush fifty years ago and was considered a taboo back then, but now is an all-too-normal scene in the world today. This taboo is the openness of sexually explicit content and violence that is present in music and movies.