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  1. Abstract
  2. Stereotypes in Humor
  3. Stereotypes in Humor
  4. Implications of the presence of these stereotypes
  5. Why are stereotypes jokes funny?
  6. Role of Stereotype jokes in a society
  7. Limitations of stereotype jokes
  8. Conclusion

In the popular television series, the 2 and ½ Men, the issue of differences of humor as a function of the social and economic stature of the person to whom the humor is directed emerges. Walden is a rich man and Allen harper is a parasite who lives off Walden and other people (2 and ½ Men). Humor in the series is a function of Allen's apparent lack of personal dignity and Walden's poor luck with women. In the American society, particularly among the Caucasians, the main difference between the members of the community is a function of the differences in earnings. The exploration of the stereotype of loneliness among the rich and absence of love in relationships between the rich and any girl they meet because of the role of the money in creating barriers is also a major source of social debate in the society. In the Sitcom, these issues are used to generate humor.

There are also gender directed biases and stereotypes in the series. However, his obsession with love results in many internal struggles and women often shun him after sometime. In the case of Allen, he lacks good looks and money (2 and ½ Men). Therefore, he is unlucky in love because women want these aspects in a man. The gender stereotypes here are the preference for money and looks by women on men and the shallowness of men in as far as relationships are concerned. The artistic portray of these situations create humor.

[...] Humor is also used to capture the most important values of a community. For example, the value of friendship, social relations and love are all recurring themes in American comedies. These comical creations show the role of these values in overcoming impossible situations. For example, though there is a stark contrast in the fortunes of Walden and Allen in the series the 2 and Men, they are close friends. All situations in the show show that the stereotypes on the role of money and social influence are irrelevant compared to the value of friendship and love and Men). [...]


[...] The humor is also relevant is easing the struggles of the marginalized group by giving them a way to derive pleasure out of difficult situations. Therefore, stereotypes are a cultural construct and they are a relevant part of a culture because of their evolutionary value and their ability to confront difficult situations. References Berger, Peter L . Redeeming laughter: The Comic Dimension Of Human Experience. New York: Walter de Gruyter Print. Chiaro, Delia. Gender and Humor: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives. Print. [...]


[...] In addition, the portrayals of stereotypes in the humor of a society is the best way to challenge these stereotypes where they produce undesirable results in the society. For example, the reduction in the appreciation of gender and sex based stereotypes is a function of a reduction of these stereotypes in the society (Pavlenko 167). Therefore, the evolutionary progress of the society and social values is clearly seen in the popular humor in a society. In conclusions, jokes and humor are a relevant part of all cultures. [...]


[...] Jokes provides a way for the society to examine their values from an outside perspective and therefore poke fun at their lives. In a way, this eases the burden of difficult situations and makes life easier for marginalized groups (Berger 18). Examination of life from an outside perspective also enables the society to see the flaws in the social structures and thus enables social challenges and changes. There is also the relevance of artists in societies. The art of comedy has frown in significance and in demand in contemporary times. [...]


[...] There are also gender directed biases and stereotypes in the series. However, his obsession with love results in many internal struggles and women often shun him after sometime. In the case of Allen, he lacks good looks and money and Men). Therefore, he is unlucky in love because women want these aspects in a man. The gender stereotypes here are the preference for money and looks by women on men and the shallowness of men in as far as relationships are concerned. [...]

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