The Differences Between Comedy and Tragedy

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The Differences Between Comedy and Tragedy “Comedy is tragedy plus time.” – Lester in Crimes and Misdemeanors (Rayner Online). “Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time the public the reviewers will allow you to satire it. Which is rather ridiculous when you think about it.” – Lenny Bruce (Rayner Online). “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into a sewer and die.” – Mel Brooks in 2000 Year Old Man (Rayner Online). There are many people who share the opinions offered above-that tragedy can become comedy if there is enough time to present and develop it. Or maybe they feel as did Mel Brooks, that comedy has to be presented way over the top to be funny. Erma Bombeck, a well-known funny woman said: “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt” (Brainy Quotes Online). But, is the line between comedy and tragedy really that thin? Or are there major differences between the two? Could the differences in the two be defined in a rhetorical way as defined by Plato? He stated that comedy is a form of fiction that, although untrue, seems like it could be true. Tragedy is a form of fiction that is not true, nor does it seem like it could be true (Domain of the Brain Online).Whether your opinion more closely resembles philosophy or the comedic, the fact is there are several main differences in these two forms of theater. This paper will discuss several of these differences. The first
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