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Eritrean Comedy:sebay sebut by Brhane Tewelde – 2017

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In a modern sense, comedy (from the Greek:κωμῳδία, kōmōidía) refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially intheatre, television, film, and stand-up comedy. The origins of the term are found in Ancient Greece. In the Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by thepolitical satire performed by the comic poetsat the theaters. The theatrical genre of Greek comedy can be described as a dramatic performance which pits two groups or societies against each other in an amusingagon or conflict. Northrop Frye depicted these two opposing sides as a “Society of Youth” and a “Society of the Old”.A revised view characterizes the essential agon of comedy as a struggle between a relatively powerless youth and the societal conventions that pose obstacles to his hopes. In this struggle, the youth is understood to be constrained by his lack of social authority, and is left with little choice but to take recourse in ruses which engender very dramatic irony which provokeslaughter.

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