The Comic Hero
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The Comic Hero

A star in the. Comedy. and. Romantic Comedy. There are . …and then there are comic heroes.. The Comic Hero. Experiences a change for the better. Is generally a good person. Is not perfect – just needs basic approval from the audience.

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The Comic Hero

A star in the

Comedy

and

Romantic Comedy

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There are

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…and then there are comic heroes.

The Comic Hero

Experiences a change for the better

Is generally a good person

Is not perfect – just needs basic approval from the audience

Has enough charm to make him/her a sympathetic character

Is often a “plucky underdog”

Has “natural” nobility or virtue

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Comic Hero Cont.

Believes that it is important to restore normality and is willing to adjust her opinion of herself

Has an ability to adopt different sorts of ruses and humiliations (disguise, deception, etc.)

Has faith in others

Learns to listen to others and respond appropriately

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Comic heroes star in Comedies, which aren’t always about getting laughs.

Comedy

“A comedy is a story of the rise in fortune of a sympathetic central character” (Comedy and Tragedy).

“The key to comedy is the sense of satisfaction derived from the comic hero’s success” (The Comic Hero).

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The Comic Vision; What view of experience does comedy present?

“…the comic vision celebrates the individual’s participation in a community as the most important part of life” (Johnston).

In a comedy, the conflict is resolved “with the reintegration of the characters into a shared community” (Johnston).

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Comic Vision Cont.

Comedies typically end with a restoration of social harmony (seen in a new marriage, a reconciliation between family members, etc.) and a group celebration to endorse the new harmony (a feast, a dance, etc.) (Johnston).

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Then there is the romantic comedy…

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Characteristics of Romantic Comedy:

Main action is about love

Lovers must overcome obstacles to be brought together in harmonious union

Frequently contains elements of the improbable, fantastic, miraculous, or supernatural

Frequently contains a philosophical aspect involving heavier themes

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References

Johnston, Ian. “Dramatic Structure: Comedy and Tragedy.” Web. 9 Sept. 2012.

Schwartz, Debora B. “The Conventions of Shakespearean Romantic Comedy.” Web. 9 Sept. 2012.

Simpson, David L. “Comedy and Tragedy.” DePaul University, 1998. Web. 9 Sept. 2012.

“The Comic Hero.”

THR 100: Drama Appreciation.

Web. 9 Sept.

2012

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