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Anthropology of Humour

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Our society has evolved in different angles. We have learned from our parents, siblings and friends knowing which laughable jokes are and which are not. Sometimes when people are stressed from their work, when they laugh at jokes, it gives them a relaxing feeling, releasing stress. It is, therefore, healthy to laugh at jokes. But that is not the focus of my paper. I just want to make this paper an informative material to others who may be reading this in the future. I laughed and I learned humour.   In our subject Anthropology 2040-1, I thought we will just study how to create jokes and learn the tricks of being a stand-up comedian.

It was more of a deep understanding of the origins of humour and how Jewish people are important in the anthropological study of humour. But why did our forefathers like Plato, Socrates and others became curious about the elements of Humour? Who doesn’ t want to hear jokes? Of course, everyone does. But sometimes people became abusive of their sense of humour. Having a sense of humour is a great talent.

It means that you can make everyone laugh, and sometimes people make money for this ability. In some television shows, competition is always present. So, instead of naming the person or show, they use jokes against their competitors. Especially if one T. V. show claimed they are number 1 in the ratings, others react and use other means to prove to people they are number 1 too. Humour is sometimes used by people who think they are more superior to others. Like in schools, the usual scenes are some rich kids prank over poor kids, good looking students prank on not so good looking students.

But how far is too far when it comes to humour? Honestly, we are influenced by our society when it comes to humour verbals and visuals.   We selectively and consciously laugh at areas we found defects or we found out of the ordinary. Anything that is not perfect in our subconscious is not ordinary and therefore we can say, we laugh about it sometimes because it is not how we expect it should appear.  

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