Humor, Love, and Sex in Literature Analytical Essay by serendipity

Humor, Love, and Sex in Literature
Looks at how Aristophanes, Chaucer, and Lucian used humor in their writings to discuss love and sex.
# 50253 | 1,294 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2004 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper looks at how three classic literary artists from the past, Aristophanes, Chaucer, and Lucian look at the institution of marriage as a sexual trap for both men and women and how they all used humor to express this point of view. Passages and examples from their writings are cited to demonstrate their humor.

From the Paper:

"Humor associated with love and sex is by no means a new literary goal. It seems that dirty jokes were a favorite of many of the serious seeming writers of old. (Long 11) The messages these great men developed gave light to the ideas associated with the very serious and life long commitment to the marriage bed. It is clear from a careful look at three such works, of different times that love and sexual relationships were thought of as a trap for both men and women, at least as described through the eyes of Aristophanes, Chaucer and Lucian. For these three authors the only response to such a grave and nonetheless necessary situation was the introduction of humor, lightening the reality to make it bearable to consider."

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