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Lesson 13- Postmodern Literature Qualities and Themes Andre Grandon THEME, ELEMENT, QUALITY MEANING Dark Humour Humour in the centre of tragedy; Examples: Shawn of the Dead, Pulp Fiction, Life of Brian. and Clockwork Orange. Questioning of reality A theme in which illusion and the blurring of reality is a major theme. Inception is one of the best examples in which dreams not only collide with reality but cascade in levels. Unreliable narrator An unreliable narrator whole credibility is compromised. For example, in Fight Club, the narrator suffers from dissociative personality disorder resulting in imaginary events and the character of Tyler Durden. Black Comedy A humorous take on taboo subjects. Fight Club, American Psycho, and Bad Santa are all examples of black comedy . Paranoia The belief that there is a hidden order behind chaos or the illusion of life; In the Worker Drone, a character believes cigarettes and organ transplants are part of a grand conspiracy.

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