Plautus and Terence (writing assignment) - Plautus and Terence Writing Assignment The type of humor used in each of the plays o Major Blowhard The

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Plautus and Terence Writing Assignment October 22, 2014 The type of humor used in each of the plays o “Major Blowhard”: The descriptions of the actions that the characters/actors are doing, as demonstrated through the use of parenthesis, were occasionally amusing. One in particular that stood out to me is when the Major is with Dexter and Milly and then he “sniffs his armpits” (72), which I thought was random yet amusing. Furthermore, the use of physical actions for an added comedic sense is also seen in act IV, scene 8 when Convivia and Dexter embrace lovingly while the Major has his back turned to them. “She kisses him back wildly” … “Convivia and Nautikles break their embrace, just before the Major turns around” (89). Use of a mageiros and references to the Major’s sexual organs being cut off if he misbehaves (when in doubt, just make a sexual innuendo for comedic relief). The fact that the chef also doesn’t speak properly adds to the humor. “Zis blade’z been aching to trime zoze libidinous tidbitz and dangle zem ‘round hiz neck like zee baby’z rattle!” (95) o “The Mother-In-Law”:

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