often use short, humorous anecdotes (stories) to enliven the story and
illustrate a point.
different people find different things funny, there are some standard
criterions for creating humor.
criterion is to use material that is outrageous.
is to focus on the unexpected. Some
authors take advantage of the fact that their readers enjoy situations in
which the authors make fun of things that the readers themselves find
annoying, such as homework.
humor is verbal - jokes or plays on words
humor is physical – such as slapstick humor.
require readers to use their imagination. For
example, the anecdote about the two baths is funnier if you try to imagine it
rather than reading it.
it is an _expression of the opposite of what is expected or the opposite of
what is meant.
“Shut up and listen to me,” he roared. … (pg. 84, last paragraph in the
1st column). This
particular kind of irony is humorous because it casts light on a person’s
foibles (minor flaws; weaknesses) in a gently teasing way.
are three types of Irony:
is when someone says the opposite of what they mean.
is when what happens is very different from what is expected.