AD's English Literature : Literary Terms: Satire, Interludes, Tragedy, Tragi-comedy, Comedy, Farce

Monday, March 26, 2012

Literary Terms: Satire, Interludes, Tragedy, Tragi-comedy, Comedy, Farce

Satire: Dryden defines the satire as a literary composition whose principal aims to redicule folly or vice.The true end of satire is an amendment of vices by correction.A healthy satire good humouredly exposes one’s folly or vice.
Exmp:Samuel Butler’s novel The Way of All Flesh (1903) is a comic satire that criticizes overzealousness and hypocrisy in child rearing and religious faith.

Interludes: The interludes were generally short entertainments inserted within a longer play or amidst some other festivities or festivals.Their primary function was to entertain the audience by humour or even by force.
Exmp:British composer Benjamin Britten's Sea Interludes.

    Tragedy: The tragedy is the tragic story of a good and great man who, on account of a slight flaw in his character, passes through a harrowing, emotional  and spiritual crisis, and finally meets his doom and death.
Exmp: Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.
    Tragi-comedy: A tragic comedy is a artistic combination of both tragedy and comedy. It develops as a tragedy to the point of climax, and then takes a happy turn and finally ends into a happy denouement.
Exmp:Samuel Beckett's En attendant Godot or Waiting for Godot, 1954).
Comedy: The comedy is a type of drama characterized by romantic love, humour, pleasantry, light satire and cross love finally leading to a happy denouement. Through fortune may be unkind to some stage, all ends happily at last.
Exmp:Jonson’s  Every Man in His Humour (1598).
Farce : farce is a crude form of comedy.It seeks to cause boisterous horse – laughter. A farce is rarely a full play. It is an episode inserted within a play to please the lower class of spectators, or to relieve tragic tension.
Exmp:French farce Lawyer Patelin.


  1. Thanks a lot for making an excellent side on English Literature. As I am a student of English Language and literature so, I will try to earn much knowledge about English literature from your side.

    Mahbub Alam Murad
    Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  2. hi dear mehboob iam student pf jamia millia islamia can u help me to provide notes of drama criticism non fiction prose

  3. plz tell me the books on net exam paper 3rd of english as new pattern

  4. thanks Mahbub Alam Murad for your sweet words.


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