Comedy In "Pure Luck" Essay

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A world without comedy would be similar to a butter knife, it's dull, useless, and achieves very little. The world would be filled with impolite and obnoxious people. Comedy helps keep the flow of the world going. It allows people to laugh at one another and shrug off rude comments at the same time. It also creates a casual environment. Comedy is everywhere and it helps the world be a little less boring. Comedy can be found on televisions, the internet, and books, only to name a few. Comedy creates the illusion that things will get better; however, comedy gets better by making the situation worse. There are many types of comedy and some are: satire, farce, and one-liners. The ...view middle of the document...

Some examples of the coincident misfortune syndrome are that the flight was delayed because of Eugene and all his possessions were destroyed. This is significant because this prevented Eugene and Raymond from leaving the city and that is where Valerie was. Another example is when Eugene runs into the glass door at the airport and Raymond finds out that it happened to another girl a couple weeks ago. It turns out that the girl is Valerie and that is why they stay back. These are all examples of how logical and standard solutions don’t always work in comical plots.
Another characteristic found in the movie is that comedy focuses on the irregularities in an otherwise orderly world. For example, an irregularity is portrayed when Eugene is about to use a salt shaker, but then a waiter asks for it and he ends up using a salt shaker that is open, which then spills all over his food. He then goes to drink his beverage and he ends up shoving the straw in his nose. Something unusual is when Eugene starts to play cards with the other guy when he is in jail along with Raymond. It is a tense situation, but Eugene still manages to make it humorous by playing cards. Another irregularity is when Raymond and Eugene are in the car that is about to fall off a cliff. They are hanging onto the car for life in the middle of a jungle as the car is steadily slipping down the hill/cliff. Also, it was irregular when a snake came under Raymond and he was unable to move and so Eugene decided to try and shoot the snake, but instead he ends up shooting Raymond in the leg. Another irregularity is when Eugene tosses a lit cigarette in a hut in the jungle and it ends up causing the bed to catch on fire, which has a person on the bed that is unable to move. These are all examples of how comedy focuses on the irregularities in an otherwise orderly world.
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