9 terms

Comedy

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Incongruity theory
laughter occurs when the outcome is different from what is expected

(Jack reveals he smokes, "I'm glad to hear it")
Superiority theory
humour generated as observers feel superior to qerson or situation

(when Jack tells Lady Bracknell he came from a handbag in a cloakroom)
Comic Relief
humour generated through release of tension

(Jack's true nmme is Earnest)
Parody
humorous imitation

(Jack upon realising who his mother was, "Canmot repentance wipe out an act of folly? Mother I forgive you!" melodramatic imitation of the manners of a respectful conversation to a woman)
Satire
criticises human misconduct and ridicules vices, stupidities, and follies

(Lady Bracknell unexpectedly praises Jack for smoking, mocking the upper class of London, saying that smoking is a better use of time than the ordinary man's occupation
"A man should always have an occupation. There are too many idle men in London as it is.")
Pun
play on words

(Cecily, "They're approaching, that's very forward of them.")
Folly
foolishness

(Algy running around his room encouraging Jack to chase him for a cigarette case)
Farce
mockery

(Algernon eating, finishing the cucumner sandwiches)
Burlesque
ludicrous or mocking treatment of a solemn subject

used to mock high class and their way of life
serious tone , ridiculous speech

("How absurd to talk of equality of the sexes!...men are infinitely behond us" Gwendolyn)