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Humor: Techniques in Literature (Catch-22)
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What humor techniques does Heller use?
-absurd details, images, and situations
-reducto ad absurdum
-incongruity between subject and tone
-unexpected reversal and contradiction in expected meanings
What is reducto ad absurdum?
-it is the addition of comic details or plot twists increasingly until a situation becomes totally ridiculous
What types of allusion did Heller create?
What is incongruity between subject and tone?
-when a serious tone is used to describe a comic/absurd subject or when a comic tone is used to describe a serious subject
What types of word play did Heller use in the book?
-repetition of words, word meaning, or subjects for comic purposes
ex) Major Major
What is the unexpected reversal and contradiction in expected meanings?
-when a word, the end of a sentence, or the following sentence unexpectedly reverses the reader's expectations of a cliche, attitude, or meaning
What are generic techniques that Heller uses?
What are the types of irony?
What is verbal irony?
-when an author says one thing and means something else
What is situational irony?
-discrepancy between the expected result and the actual result
What is dramatic irony?
-when an audience perceives something that a character in the literature does not know
What is parody?
-the imitation of either formal or thematic elements of one work in another for humorous purposes
What is understatement?
-device used to understate the obvious
What is a hyperbole?
-an exaggeration or overstatement
What is satire?
-a piece of literature designed to ridicule the subject of the work
-although it is usually funny, the aim is not to amuse, but to arouse contempt
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