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  1. 1. Greek Comedy: <ul><li>Lysistrata , </li></ul><ul><li>by Aristophanes </li></ul>
  2. 2. Comedy <ul><li>From Greek komos , revel </li></ul><ul><li>The first comedies developed from fertility revels </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Comedy emphasizes action, tragedy thought. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Comedy concentrates on the communal / social aspects of life. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What’s funny? <ul><li>Reversals </li></ul><ul><li>Incongruities </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal wit </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reversal <ul><li>The social classes, the sexes, or the generations switch roles. </li></ul><ul><li>The private is made public. </li></ul><ul><li>Nature turns upside down or inside out. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Incongruities <ul><li>Very large and very small </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggeration and hyperbole: extremes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wit <ul><li>Puns, plays on words </li></ul><ul><li>rhymes </li></ul>