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Unformatted text preview: Bryan (Daejin) Kim 5/31/07 ENG105 Hodson Resea rc h P a pe r H u m o r i s o f t e n u se d i n mo v i e s , boo k s, a n d i n r e a l l i f e t o ge t peop l e’ s a t t e n t i o n . A l i t t l e l a u g h t e r de f i n i t e l y h a s a n i m p a c t o n m a k i n g a m o v i e o r a boo k m o r e i n t e r e s t i n g . H o w e v e r , h u m o r i s n o t eas i l y seen as a t o o l t o i m p r o v e a n a r g u m e n t . C a n h u m o r poss i b l y s t r e n g t h e n a n a r g u m e n t ? T h i s q u e s t i o n h a s bee n de b a t e d b y m u l t i p l e s o f com m u n i c a t i o n ex p e r t s ove r t h e ye a r s . A l t h o u g h so me p eop l e be l i e v e t h a t h u m o r i s u n n e cessa r y i n a n a r g u m e n t a n d i s a bso l u t e l y u n h e l p f u l , h u m o r ca n be u se d t o s t r e n g t h e n a n a r g u m e n t w i t h ease . T h e peop l e w h o a r e a g a i n s t t h e u se o f h u m o r i n a se r i o u s a r g u m e n t be l i e v e t h a t h u m o r m a k e s t h e e n t i r e a r g u m e n t t o o i n f o r m a l . T h i s m a y be t r u e i n so me as pec t , b u t h u m o r d oes n o t n ecessa r i l y h a v e t o de g r a d e a n y k i n d o f f o r m a l i t y . T h e t e r m h u m o r m u s t be e x p l a i n e d t h o r o u g h l y Bryan (Daejin) Kim 5/31/07 ENG105 Hodson be fo r e a n y f u r t h e r e l a bo r a t i o n . H u m o r does n o t n ecessa r i l y ca u se l a u g h t e r f r o m t h e a u d i e n ce . P a r o d i e s , sa t i r e , i r o n y a n d sa r c a s m a r e t h e t o o l s o f h u m o r o f t e n u se d t o i m p r o v e a p e r s u a s i o n . O n e o f t h e e f f ec t i v e b r a n c h e s o f h u m o r , sa r c a s m , h o w e ve r , m u s t be u se d i t ca r e f u l l y . I f t h e sa r c a s m i s u se d o n l y a l i t t l e b i t , t h e a u d i e n ce m a y n o t ca t c h t h e ac t u a l m essage be h i n d t h e a u t h o r ’ s sa r c a s m . S w i f t does a n e xce l l e n t j o b o f t h i s e x t r e m e sa r c a s m . I n J o n a t h a n S w i f t ’ s essa y, “ A M o d e s t P r o po sa l , ” S w i f t w r i t e s a se r i o u s p r o p osa l t o w a r d t h e u p p e r c l a s s m e n a n d t h e l o w e r c l a s s me n . D u r i n g h i s t i m e , I r e l a n d w a s i n se r i o u s econo m i c t r o u b l e . T h e ga p be t w e e n t h e r i c h a n d poo r w a s t oo b i g t o o ve rco me . S w i f t , a p p a r e n t l y a se r i o u s p a t r i o t , w a s w o r r i e d a n d w r o t e h i s essa y , w h i c h w a s o ne o f t h e f i r s t w r i t i n g t h a t w a s co ns i d e r e d a s u s i n g h u m o r t o co n v i n ce p eop l e . Bryan (Daejin) Kim 5/31/07 ENG105 Hodson I n h i s essa y, h e w r i t e s a bo u t b a b i e s be i n g pe r f e c t t o be so l d as f ood . A l t h o u g h a t f i r s t , i t i s n o t easy t o ca t c h h i s sa t i r i c a l t o n e , h e m a k e s h i s po i n t o f v i e w o n ca n n i b a l i s m...
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2008 for the course ENG 105 taught by Professor Hodson during the Fall '06 term at Cal Poly Pomona.

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