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    STUDIA PHILOLOGIA - Issue no. 4 / 2005  

  Abstract:  Comedy is that which makes one laugh. But, just what is it that makes one laugh? Some elements are required for something to be humorous: it must appeal to the intellect rather than emotions, it must be mechanical and inflexible, it must be inherently human, with the capability of reminding us of humanity, there must exist a set of established social norms which are familiar to the observer, the situation and the actions performed as well as the dialogue spoken must be inconsistent or unsuitable to the surroundings, but it must be perceived by the observer as harmless and painless to the participants. The article tries to give some answers to some of these questions.  
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