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Then, when they falter, people feel better about themselves. In State and Main , Bob Barringer is an actor who is doted on at every turn. Girls fawn over him, he never seems to get in trouble. The one moment where he crashes his car and it looks like he is going to finally be in trouble, people are happy. He deserves a reality check in the shape of some misfortune, which is what schadenfreude conveys. State and Main is also a good example of another reason that people laugh at violence. If the violence is unexpected then it can be a gut reaction to laugh at it. In the scene right before the car crash, things are going well. It is a happy scene and then the car comes out of no where and flips over and hits the stop light. It is such a surprise that they are caught off guard and chuckle a little. In Ampitryon , the violence against Sosia is also a shock. Though Mercury threatens Sosia several times by saying he is going to hit him, it still comes as a surprise that he actually does it. In Waiting for Godot as well, when Lucky kicks Estragon it comes out of no where. All of these events elicit surprised laughter from the audience. One of the most understandable and most prominent reasons for laughing at violence in the plays and movies discussed is that the situation is so ridiculous there is nothing to do but laugh at it. This is seen in Twelfth Night during any of the scenes where there is identity confusion. The mix ups create problems for all of the characters, some more serious than others, and at one point it is particularly bad during and after a duel. The amount of confusion about who is who is so silly that it is humorous instead of tragic, despite the fact that someone is wounded and another is being dragged to jail. A more modern example is Jackass. The stunts that actors perform are beyond some people's
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imaginations. They are ludicrous and moronic. But they are so stupid that you cannot help but laugh at them. Another example of this explanation is the movie Little Miss Sunshine. The majority of the events that take place in that movie are not humorous on their own, but because it seems like everything happens to the family all at once, it becomes ridiculous and therefore funny. The singular event of a car breaking down is not funny. But this family has their car break down, the horn malfunction, they hide their heroin-addicted grandfather's body in the trunk, and then a police officer pulls them over. The chain of events is so overwhelming, the viewers have to laugh at it. The last possible explanation is one that can be joined with any of the previous explanation. It does not so much make an excuse for why people think violence is funny as explain why increased violence has become more and more acceptable in media. Yes, there has always been violence in media
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