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Garrett Yamasaki Professor Josh Wood Eng. 100A Tues/Thurs 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 07/10/2008 Serious Humor Imagine yourself trapped in a world without laughter, or better yet, imagine yourself stuck in a utopian society without emotion. What would life be like? Well, you would be a dull individual, only having the ability to think: no sense of humor, no love for anyone else, and no inner strength to truly express your feelings. There would be no homosexuality or violence in your society without emotion. You would simply be a blob on Earth that walks, talks, and breathes. In a sense your life would be spiritless – you could not think that though because you have no emotion flowing throughout your body. Luckily for us, there are volatile topics that are diffused by a common sense of laughter among ourselves. David Sedaris, author of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim , lifts the corner of simple ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. He ultimately grabs the reader’s attention by talking about radical topics such as homosexuality, violence, and obscure urges. He then twists and turns this sort of absurdity and creates a humorous tone to make the reader laugh. As he makes the reader giggle out loud, he illustrates that volatile topics are allowed to be brought up in a comical manner. Before going into a controversial topic, Sedaris grabs the reader’s attention –
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