Essays

Barry, Dave. “Who named these guys wise men.” miamiherald.com. The Miami Herald, 5 Dec. 2004. Web. 3 Feb. 2011.

In his essay, “Who named these guys wise men?Dave Barry examines men and women during Christmas. He states that since the birth of Jesus, men have always screwed-up on Christmas. Supporting this he gives examples such as that men never buy gifts on time and the ones they buy are never the right ones. Barry suggests that women are the ones to blame for the lack of interest men have on Christmas. He argues that women are over prepared at Christmas, and this make men appear as if they didn´t have any interest at all. Even though this essay is brief and simple, the literary devices and language usage makes it very worthwhile. Statements like “At this point…you standard women has already purchased and wrapped thoughtful gifts for approximately 600 people including her children…co-workers, the children of her friends…” and “and accept us for the imperfect beings that we are (men) compared to you…” are the ones that distinguish the essay as a very humorous one. In the above statements Barry used sarcasm, hyperbole, interesting diction and mock.

Leacock, Stephen. “Are the Rich Happy.” About.com. The New York Times Company, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2011.

Written by Stephen Leacock, this essay examines the rich and whether they are happy.  Referring to personal experience and things he´s perceived, Leacock criticizes what the rich consider problems. He mentions that when they lose a servant, it’s a tragedy, and examining their problems he tries to figure out whether they are content. Leacock doesn´t clarify if he believes the rich are happy but it easy to infer that because most concentrate on money issues, they end up bitter. Even though the essay is not dynamic, there´s a lot of narration, and it´s a perfect example of an important literary device: sarcasm. Stephen portrays his opinion using sarcasm, it all depends on whether the reader gets it or not, but the sarcasm used and some irony is what makes the text worthwhile. Also because he uses personal experiences, the reader gets more engaged in the text and this helps him gain credibility.

Vittachi, Nury. “Do Asians have a Sense of Humor? The Jakarta Post. PT Bina Media Tenggara, 2 July 2010. Web. 4 April 2011.

Do Asians have a sense of humor” is an essay written by Nury Vittachi, where he shares the information of emails he interchanged with a professor going by the name of Man-Sir. At first, this professor addressed Nury, a humorist, with the concern of the cultural gap between the east and west, and this being a great threat to world peace. As a solution, he suggests humor, but states that the problem is that  “westerners consider Asians to be wildly unfunny.” Even though Nury only displays Man-Sir´s opinions, we can realize that he believes that Man-Sir´s statement are totally erratic and senseless because he uses a humorous tone to write the essay. With phrases like “Asians comedians are as rare as brain cells in the Jonas Brothers´ fan club” and “being funny is a serious matter,” he proves why Man-Sir´s thoughts are incorrect. By reading this article, not only did I enjoy an agreeable sense of humor, but also I was able to broaden my horizons about humor. As Man-Sir, I also assumed that Asians were unfunny, but after reading Vittachi´s work I noticed that they do have a sense of humor and it is very similar to ours.

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