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1 EQ: WHAT LITERARY ELEMENTS CAN AN AUTHOR USE TO CREATE HUMOR? Literary Elements That Create Humor

2 1. Comic Language: the use of nonsense words where they don’t belong Pun: a play on words; using words in the wrong context for some type of effect (single words, phrases, idioms, familiar analogies, etc.) Some authors create words for comic effect.  He said he was so tired that he felt like a Tickeria.

3 Which element of humor does the picture represent? How do you know?

4 Read the comic strip. Explain how it illustrates the term “flip flop” as a pun.

5 “‘PowerPoint’ POISONING” is an example of which element of humor? Explain your response.

6 2. Verbal Irony: a contrast between what is said & what is actually meant (sarcasm)

7 3. Exaggeration/Hyperbole: the use of overstatement for comic effect

8 4. Situational Irony : a situation that is the opposite of what we expect or what seems appropriate

9 “Oh! The Irony!” Which element of humor is being used? Comic Language, Verbal/Situational Irony, or Exaggeration? The Senator hit the ceiling when he read the headlines. He’s so thin that if he turned sideways, he would disappear. It (the cold weather) stabbed like a driven nail. A teenager waits patiently to take his/her driving portion of his/her driver’s license exam, but during the exam, hits a car from behind Sam said, “Nick played a great game; he struck out three times.” Carla called the child “Grace” after she tripped over the toy.

10 Which element of humor is being used? Comic Language, Verbal or Situational Irony, or Exaggeration? The Senator hit the ceiling when he read the headlines. (Exaggeration) He’s so thin that if he turned sideways, he would disappear. (Exaggeration) It (the cold weather) stabbed like a driven nail. (Exaggeration) A teenager waits patiently to take his/her driving portion of his/her driver’s license exam, but during the exam, hits a car from behind. (Situational Irony) Sam said, “Nick played a great game; he struck out three times.” (Verbal Irony) Carla called the child “Grace” after she tripped over the toy. (Comic Language: Pun)

11 Which type of irony does the comic strip illustrate? Explain how the comic strip uses exaggeration.

12 5. Understatement: presentation of something as being smaller, worse, or less important than it actually is She's a little sensitive." - Describing Moaning Myrtle in 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'. "Okay. Successful test." - Just after annihilating a cleaning cart in 'Ghostbusters'.

13 6. Dialect Usually exaggerated for humorous effect May include slang, idioms, and pronunciation unique to a region or culture Character speaking in dialect may be misunderstood by other characters, thus creating humorous circumstances

14 Southern dialect is a favorite Things a True Southerner Knows: The difference between a hissie fit and a conniption. Pretty much how many fish make up a mess. What general direction Cattywumpus is. That "gimme sugar" don't mean "pass me the sugar." That when somebody's "fixin" to do something, it won't be long.

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16 Sometimes it just doesn’t translate well.

17 7. Satire: a technique employed by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society by using humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule.irony What point is the cartoonist trying to make?

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19 Summarizing: Writers create humor through the use of … Comic Language – including puns Exaggeration – including hyperbole Verbal irony Situational irony Understatement Dialect Satire


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