In the final confrontation between Matilda and Julia in Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline, by George F. Walker, what makes it funny and is it in any way disturbing? How is it disturbing and why?
In the last confrontation between the seductress Matilda and the virginal innocent Julia, in a scene with Byzantine qualities, Julia is "completely unwitting" in her participation in the strangulation of Matilda. It is funny because of the conflict between reality and perception or expectation: humor comes from conflicts between what is and what self-interest expects or desires for there to be. When applied to Julia and Matilda, there is humor, yet the reality is humorless.