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Why and how do writers use humor in postmodernism?

Postmodernist writers use dark humor to bring attention to and critique society. For example, they often include jokes about serious topics like death or create parodies of serious situations like war. Through humor, postmodernist writers highlight the absurdity, dehumanization, and increasing lack of meaning they saw develop after World War II.

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A lot of postmodernist writers use humor ironically. Postmodernists are critical of what society became like in the wake of World War II and often portray the world as becoming a wasteland of sorts. They use dark humor and parody to bring attention to the ridiculous, shocking nature of the chaotic world.

Typically, postmodern humor features jokes about serious topics like murder or war. By writing characters who make light of such topics, postmodernists highlight the...

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