Comedy What is the difference between Comedy of humour and Comedy of manner? please explain with some examples from Renaissance playwrights

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I agree with the other posters; The Importance of Being Earnast is a comedy of manners, while the Pink Panther series is a comedy of humor. The difference is that one uses the conceptions of the time and the contradictory aspects of human nature vs. culture, while the other uses slapstick and unsubtle physical or visual humor.

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When we think about the difference between these two concepts, a comedy of manners, as other editors above have suggested, is one which satirises or makes fun of conventional values and practises of the day. Therefore they can be rather difficult for people from a different time or culture to understand. A comedy of humour is associated with playwrights such as Jonson and feature characters that are characterised by one overwhelming characteristic that is taken to an absurd length.

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Comedies of "humours" are associated with Ben Jonson. There is some disagreement about the term.  Some interpret "humours" as referring to the theory of biologically-rooted personalities, determined by imbalances of bile, etc. Others argue that the word "humours" by this period had acquired the additional, broader sense of "rigidly defining traits of personality."  In either case, comedies of humours depict people who a dominated by very narrow traits of personality, such as anger, affectation, boastfulness, etc.  In Jonson's comedy Epicoene, the character named Morose is dominated by an intolerance of noise.

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I have to support the other posters on this one. A comedy of manners relies upon the readers/watchers knowledge of the society being depicted. Without this understanding, many things are simply lost in translation.

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Usually a comedy of humors features at least one character who is defined by one overriding character trait. Their actions are to some extent predetermined by this trait, which often the audience is privy to, even though the rest of the characters in the work may not be. A comedy of manners usually references the manners or mannerisms of a group of people, either a culture, as the previous post said, or a social class. A great example of a satirical comedy of manners is The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.

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Following the line started by post 2, this is why it's sometimes mystifying to watch television shows or read books from another culture. If you are unfamiliar with the culture, stereotypes, and word plays that are part of the Mexican culture, for example, you will not understand or appreciate comments or actions that will be hilarious to those who do "get" the humor of the situation.

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A comedy of manners is a culture-specific use of comedy.  You have understand the characters and stereotypes in order to get the humor.  The humor comes from our shared understanding of the stereotypical characters and the ways they are interacting.

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