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PG Wodehouses strategies to achieve comical effects
2004 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to examine P. G. Wodehouse’s strategies to achieve comical effects. By focusing on the characters Jeeves and Wooster, Wodehouse’s ways of creating comedy are investigated. The main areas of investigation are the depiction of Jeeves as a stereotypical butler and the relationship between him and his master Wooster. Jeeves displays a number of traits which are typical for a butler, and the way these are described and characterized is a source of humour. Jeeves’ main comical characteristic is his exaggerated ability of behaving in an unobtrusive and respectful manner coupled to his formal language. The relationship between Jeeves and Wooster is also a source of humour because of their different characteristics, their different use of language and the dependence of the master on the butler. Jeeves plays the role not only of a butler, but is, through his role as a teacher of formal expressions and a general problem-solver, on the verge of being Wooster’s keeper. Wooster is a source of humour, mainly because of his interaction with other characters, where he is continuously affected by dominant females and plays the role of a dominated playboy, but also through his use of language in describing other characters. Wodehouse’s comical effects can thus be said to range from apt characterization combined with humorous use and description of characters to the more complex area of the relationship between a master and a butler.

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2004. , 14 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53749Local ID: ENG C-16OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53749DiVA: diva2:1102309
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English
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