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Comedy, Seriously: Definitions, Overviews

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"From its birth in ancient Greece, COMEDY has been associated with tragedy, and it is useful to consider them together. Comedy is more diverse and more complicated than tragedy. There is nothing in tragedy, for example, comparable to comedy's subdivision into farce, satire, parody, burlesque, comedy of manners, and so on. Whereas tragedies traditionally had one important character, from the upper class, comedies typically feature many kinds of characters from different social classes."  READ MORE

 Morreall, John. "Comedy." Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Ed. Michael Kelly. Oxford Art Online. 27 Jun. 2012

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