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p. 635. Underdogslocked

  • Matthew Bevis

Abstract

‘Underdogs’ explores the attraction of the less fortunate in comedy. Socrates suggests that we enjoy the spectacle of others doing daft things we would secretly like to do ourselves. Nietzsche suggests that the comedian's inner craving is most often observable in ‘the lower classes’, and from early times comic instincts have been in league with different types of lowness. The fool has proved to be an enduring bequest to comic forms. There are two types of fool: the unwitting and the more knowing. Think of Shakespeare's ‘natural’fool and ‘artificial’ fool.

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