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Byrd 1 Haley Byrd 18 April 2012 ENC1102 Professor Suderman Sarcasm in Drama In the plays Naked Lunch, Mistaken

Identity, and Seinfeld, they all share similar themes. All three of the dramas share one thing in common; they all have a very sarcastic tone and were very humorous. All three plays were based on having to deal with an awkward situation. And it was interesting to see how each situation was handled by the different characters in each drama. In each play each conflict was not very serious, but the characters handled it very jokingly and good heartedly. In the plays Naked Lunch, Mistaken Identity, and Seinfeld, they all share the same theme, tone, and situation. In Naked Lunch, the main idea revolved around a very meaningless topic. The ex boyfriend (Vernon) found out that his ex girlfriend (Lucy) was now a vegetarian and how he thought the fact was completely ludicrous. Throughout the play Vernon sarcastically tries to force out a logical reason to why Lucy was now a vegetarian. He mocked her and forced her to eat a piece of meat. The play got intense once Vernon got heated and forced a piece of steak down Lucys throat. Vernon turned something simple into a problem that was very over exaggerated. In my opinion what makes this story stand out is how Vernon acted like a crazy

Byrd 2 person. The main idea of this play was the frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork and that moment when someones true colors are revealed. The play Mistaken Identity is also very similar in plot. The setting is pretty much identical to the setting in Naked Lunch, a couple chatting while eating dinner. The situation arises when the woman (Kali) reveals she is a lesbian, shocking Steve (her date) after he proposed to her on their first date. This play also had a very humorous and sarcastic tone. It is a very ironic situation, Steve is looking desperately for a relationship, and of course the one girl he is out on a date with is a lesbian. At first he is confused, but then the storyline picks up when they start discussing her sexuality and why she has never told anyone. In general, Steve is a good guy and he understands why she cannot share this information with her family. This play had an easier and more mature ending compared to the one in Naked Lunch. In my opinion, of the three plays, Seinfeld was the most pointless. Although it shares the sarcastic tone with the other two stories, the play had no exciting twist or situation as in the other two plays. As George repeatedly said, its about Nothing. Jerry is offered an opportunity to create some ideas for a new television show. The entire play is about George and Jerry brainstorming ideas for NBC. George comes up with this idea about a show of nothing and I was actually surprised when Jerry actually decides to go along with it. There is also a strong sense of sarcasm throughout the play. I believe the strong sense of humor is what made this play the most enjoyable. In conclusion all three of the dramas were very similar in theme and tone. The plays were based on a good sense of humor and had some very interesting twists in them. The sarcasm used

Byrd 3 by some of the characters was very amusing. The tone of each play kept the reader turning each page with its sarcastic hilarity. The theme of each play was also very interesting and it was amusing to see the each character handle their unique and awkward situations. Overall the three plays had a lot in common and shared many similarities.

Byrd 4 Works Cited Cooper, Sharon E.. "Mistaken Identity." The Bedford Introduction to Literature. By Michael Meyer. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin's, 2011. 1389. Print. David, Larry. "Seinfeld." The Bedford Introduction to Literature. By Michael Meyer. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin's, 2011. 1397. Print. Hollinger, Michael. "Naked Lunch." The Bedford Introduction to Literature. By Michael Meyer. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin's, 2011. 1385. Print.