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It takes on our greatest fears and makes a joke out of powerlessness, loneliness, ignorance, authority, chaos, nihilism, and death, allowing them to be mastered for a moment. In the post-Nietzschean, modern world, the Weltschmerz of dark humor clearly has a different motivation than does satire. For special friendship, I would like to thank John and Sarah Fowles who taught me a lot about British humor and continue to keep me laughing. Due to cultural differences, they disassociated comedy from Greek dramatic representation and instead identified it with Arabic poetic themes and forms, such as hija satirical poetry.

Like tendentious jokes, dark humor allows for rebellion against oppressive circumstances and liberation from pressure. The canonical Virginia Woolf employs both of these strategies in Mrs. However, happiness is fleeting, and even when we find pleasure in situations, it wanes after a certain length of time.

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The teller of the joke may make himself the object of the joke, but this does not essentially change the way the joke-work functions. This club included several of the notable satirists of earlyth-century Britain. But in the dark comedic universe there is no more meaning attached to one than the other, as both are reduced to parts functioning within a vast mechanism. Dark humor and satire share certain formal characteristics, however, and the deflationary wit and lacerating use of irony and derision of dark humor has much in common with satire.

Eagleton suggests that the social comedies of the upper-class novels present the reader with the view that society is a game, and the uncommitted satire of Mrs. However, the inability of all social systems to address the needs of the complex individuals who compose them is inherent in civilized life. Indeed, the fact that their specific social world is no longer relevant or even present in British life attests to the anxiety of loss and confusion present in the novels. Clearly, the political and ethical uselessness of dark humor has profound implications for Postmodern literature. Even a brief examination of these two categories reveals that jokes and humor are more complicated than these categories allow for.

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Dalloway, but reading her in the context of dark humor not only sheds new light on her work but also reveals its connections to other writers of her time. It may even actually say what it has to say by not saying it. Granted, it is somehow easier to laugh at the senseless death of a besotted and idle aristocrat than at the senseless death of an exploited and brutalized coal miner. Dark humor is generally seen as an American phenomenon, and nearly all of the texts dedicated to it discuss American and European writers. Just as dreams are purposeful in playing with the real in a nonphysical reality, so are jokes, and both defend the individual from repression, inhibitions, and other forces that threaten the ego.