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Rey Ty & A. Alkarzon. (2014 April). The Human Condition, Humor, and Lessons from Shakespeare for Adult Learning and Human Resource Development. U.S.-China Education. 4 (4).
Abstract: This paper addresses the problem of teaching adults learners who are going through difficult times. Lessons are learned from Shakespeare’s King Lear. Humor is a powerful tool that can be used to highlight tragic reality. Through thoughtful laughter, humor comforts people. On the one hand, humor eases tension. On the other hand, humor intensifies tension by exposing harsh realities in a comic way. Hence, humor can be used as a tool to facilitate learning about complex issues and tragedies both inside and outside the classroom and the workplace.