This essay is based on two short stories from Thomas Hardy these stories are Old Mrs Chundle and Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver. Thomas Hardy was an English Novelist. He was born on 2nd of June 1840 and passed away the 11th of January 1928. His stories are based in the Victorian Times. He wrote stories mainly for financial gain. He also was of an Anglican Religion and he was known for his Poetry. He wrote a book full of his poetry called Wessex Poetry in which he had wrote over 30 years.
The Victorian era was during the reign of Queen Victoria from June 1837 until her death in January 1901. This was a time where there was a class system. The class system is still widely used today There was Upper, Upper middle, Middle and Working class. This era is often described as a peaceful period and profits gained from overseas allowing the Middle class to receive a much higher standard of education.
Throughout the two stories we see many types of comedy one of these is Farce comedy. This is where the comedy is exaggerated and based on events that are simply ridiculous. We see an example of this where all three women and Tony Kytes fall out of the wagon after hitting a bend at high speeds. This is funny and is clearly classed as comedy. The reason that this is farce comedy is because it would be highly unlikely that all three of the women and Tony would fall out of the wagon and then walk away without a scratch. “The horse went at his own pace, and coming to the corner where we turn round to drop down the hill to Lower Longpuddle he turned off to quick, the off wheels, the wagon rose sideways till it was quite on edge upon the near axles, and out rolled the three maidens into the road in a heap.” The off wheels means the wheels on the right hand side of the wagon Firstly we should note that the story of Tony Kytes is being told by a cart driver as a bit of hearsay or gossip, Therefore it is likely that the story will be exaggerated. We know that the story is told by a carts man because there is the use of “I” in the first sentence. A key point to all of this is that two of the women were lain down under some empty sacks and tarpaulins. Therefore is it very likely that all of the women would be airborne and leave the wagon. Firstly though
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A type of comedy that we see very often is slapstick comedy this comedy is where it is physical with no dialogue. Examples of this could be Charlie Chaplin. We see this in both stories for instance when all of the women fall out of the cart, this is slapstick because there are physical attributions to this part. We also see slapstick comedy in Old Mrs. Chundle where Mrs. Chundle is sat at the front of the Church along with the Upper Classes. “The trumpet is aimed at a high angle, shone ad flashed in the sitter’s eyes” is a quote informing us that the ear trumpet is attracting unwanted attention Due to the fact that there is no dialogue in this scene so we can call this slapstick comedy. “It was a fine frosty morning in early winter, and he had not got far with his sermon when he became conscious of a steam rising form the bell mouth of the tube, obviously caused by Mrs. Chundle’s breathing at the lower end, and it was accompanied by a suggestion of onion stew” This is comedy because the Curate is having to suffer from Mrs. Chundle’s horrible breath. Though this would be of been accepted in that era this is because the only method of sustaining some oral hygiene was to clean your teeth with sticks. There were no breath fresheners or different types of mouthwash which you could find in any typical household these days. We can now class this as slapstick comedy because there is no dialogue in this scene. Therefore we can see two scenes of slapstick comedy.
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We see a couple of examples of mockery during the two stories. We see many examples of this in Old Mrs. Chundle. One of these examples is when the curate has to endure the smell of Mrs. Chundle’s breath. He refers to her breath as onion stew, and therefore is mocking her quite some extent. We also see the curate analysing the smell to himself using short snippets of monologue. The curate says “(“It’s not onions; it’s peppermint,”)” and so we can see here the curate mocking Mrs. Chundle’s breath. Another example is where the curate and the rector are talking to each other the following morning of the curate’s ordeal, here we see the rector being very disrespectful towards Mrs. Chundle behind her back. “Thank heaven she thinks nothing of my sermons, and doesn’t come when I preach. Ha ha!” Is what exactly what the curate says when he is speaking of Mrs Chundle. He is clearly speaking down toward her as he shows that he is happy that she has nothing to do with him.
Another type of comedy which we see is Irony. This is a comedy in which we see a lot of during the two short stories. This type of comedy is where the main character doesn’t know it has happened but when he or she find out we will laugh. One example of this is where the all of the girls in Tony Kytes’ wagon have fallen out. The situation is that the girls don’t know that all of them were in the wagon until it had gone off track. This is ironic because none of the girls knew what was happening and when they had discovered what was going on it was rather funny. Another example of this happening is where Tony Kytes persuades Unity Sallet to hide under the tarpaulins “let me cover you over with the tarpaulin till Milly has passed”. This is ironic comedy because Milly doesn’t know that Unity is hiding under the tarpaulins. We see Tony Kytes do this again to another woman who is Milly. Milly is Tony Kytes fiancé and is told” then would ye creep under the empty sacks just here in front of the wagon, and hide there out of sight till we have passed the house”. This is also ironic as we know that Hannah, his next passenger will not know about the two women hidden under sacks and tarpaulins in the wagon. We see Irony in Mrs. Chundle too, when the curate drops the hanker chief into the bell of the tube “he lightly dropped the hanker chief into the bell of the tube”. This is ironic because Mrs Chundle doesn’t know about this happening and struggles to figure it out. Therefore with the main character not knowing about the situation we can class this as Ironic comedy. Then we see the example coming from Mrs. Chundle’s end. She is blowing into one end of the tube to remove the obstruction. When she is doing this she lets of a abhorrent smell. The curate doesn’t know about what is happening so this is ironic comedy “applied her mouth to the bottom end , blown with all her might”.
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