A.P. English - The Power of Humor Julio V Pardo P.7 Although inane and trivial at times sublime art and versatile humor have the power to impact the

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The Power of Humor Julio V. Pardo P.7 Although inane and trivial at times, sublime art and versatile humor have the power to impact the course of humanity. As correctly argued by Alain de Bottom in his book “Status of Anxiety,” hu- morists play an essential role in the community. The lack of restraint in their craft gives them freedom to criticize, both verbally and visually, society’s loopholes. And as observed throughout the course of history, the power of humor to revolutionize society has manifested itself via the political cartoons during revolutions, satirical literary masterpieces, and today’s politico-analytic television programs. Humor was a key component in the realization of changes dreamed by French Enlighten- ment philosophers in the eighteenth century and Cuban revolutionaries in the twentieth century. When king Louis XIV’s extravagant lifestyle and horrible administration skills led to terrible famine periods in France, satirical political cartoonists were the firsts to blame the royal house and protest for the country’s misfortunes. Covered by the curtains of artistic license, they

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