Laughter an essay on the meaning of the comic 1900

However, we tend to attribute these qualities to the body, we considerer it as flexible and ignore his resistance, its materiality. It is comical when the letter rigid overcomes the spirit 26 — taking metaphors literally etc.

Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic by Henri Bergson

Overview Reprint of Original Edition. Materiality when we expect to find vitality is funny 24 as are situations where our attention is called to the bodily over the moral, reminding us of the physical One who is excluded from a group of people does not laugh with them, there is often a complicity in laughter.

It dreams, I admit, but it conjures up, in its dreams, visions that are at once accepted and understood by the whole of a social group.

Things that are similar make us laugh because they are like mass-produced goods which are inherently mechanical We regard it, above all, as a living thing. Ironically, even though it is only the human we find funny, it is this particularly non-human aspect of the human that amuses us.

This is why when we concentrate our attention on a particular gesture made by a speaker to better express his thinking, we automatically find it comic whereas this movement in itself is not comic. This central cause is mechanism applied to life, and all comic effects are articulated around this cause by our imagination.

However, there is a central cause of the comic, and all comic situations are derived from it. Comedy is about types, recognisable and easily identifiable types who act out their behaviours according to their type.

A book was published in by the Alcan publishing house. Tripping, then, is symbolic of all things that are less than human. A landscape cannot be a source of laughter, and when humans make fun of animals, it is often because they recognize some human behaviour in them. In a foreword published inbut suppressed inBergson explains that through the three articles, he wanted to study laughterespecially the laughter caused by the comic, and to determine the principal categories of comic situations, to determine the laws of the comic.

This was anything but boring, though. We cannot see the rigidity in things we are familiar with though, such as in fashion clothes. He also added a list of works and studies about laughter and the comic. At the outset we shall put forward three observations which we look upon as fundamental.

This is why Bergson asserts that laughter has a moral role, it is a factor of uniformity of behaviours, it eliminates ludicrous and eccentric attitudes: It is the same with cartoonists, who exaggerate physical and natural features of people. Think of Hamlet and three hundred years of psychological arguments about his endlessly complex character.

Even when the title of the play is quite general, The Death of a Salesman, say — the play can only really work as a tragedy in so far as the salesman, the main focus of the play, is not left as a caricature, but is given real depth of characterisation.

There is a comic effect when our attention is diverted from the mind to the physique. That is, I was expecting to be bored out of my mind.

Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic

This is also the case with the parody of an activity. The first essay is made up of three parts: He sees the equation, person as machine equals funny as a motif that is repeatedly available in our humour.

What common ground can we find between the grimace of a merry- andrew, a play upon words, an equivocal situation in a burlesque and a scene of high comedy?Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic (Henri Bergson) at mint-body.com Reprint of Original Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software.

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by Henri Bergson. Publication date Publisher The Macmillan mint-body.com: May 04,  · Bergson, Henri. Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the mint-body.com Cloudesley Brereton and Fred Rothwell.

Mineola, NY: Dover, Bergson presents humour as an intellectual, rather than emotional or sensual, matter: noting that humour requires an absence of feeling, “a momentary anaesthesia of the. (Redirected from Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic) Laughter is a collection of three essays by French philosopher Henri Bergson, first published in It was written in French, the original title is Le Rire.

Our excuse for attacking the problem in our turn must lie in the fact that we shall not aim at imprisoning the comic spirit within a definition. We regard it, above all, as a living thing. Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of Comic. Henri Bergson. He was appointed professor of philosophy at the College de France in and elected a.

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