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After viewing The Office and I'm Alan Partridge I agree with the quote "Men in situation comedy are doomed to fail". Throughout both of the sit-coms I looked at, the main element of comedy is the lead characters failures.

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After viewing The Office and I'm Alan Partridge I agree with the quote "Men in situation comedy are doomed to fail". Throughout both of the sit-coms I looked at, the main element of comedy is the lead characters failures. The office has the conventions of a documentary in the work place, which adds emphasis to the failures of the character I concentrated on, David Brent. He is the boss of the other characters shown in the series, this also gives us the impression they are doomed to fail, as they have a bad leader. David Brent's attire is smart and tidy, and he tries to fit in with fashion and an upbeat lifestyle. ...read more.

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He fails especially whilst trying to be popular within the office. Dave Brent is very sociable and attempts to get along and make everyone laugh, again making him the centre of attention. The other characters tend to ignore him or stay silent. He is always centred in the frame, and shot close up to show his emotion. A lot of the time Brent's ego gets the better of him, and he is shown up in front of the other employees. He pretends to be caring and affectionate when he is shown on the camera, as it is being filmed as a documentary. In I'm Alan Partridge there are many similar elements that suggest the main character is a failure. ...read more.

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Throughout the text we learn many more scenarios that emphasise, Alan Partridge as a failure. His wife has left him and he is constantly being let down. Nobody takes him seriously, as he isn't very streetwise. Whilst in a casual conversation he can be unintentionally rude. When Alan Partridge is in an important meeting with the BBC, he acts very nervous. When he gets embarrassed, he begins insulting himself in an attempt to be a comic. This is another example of failure and it shows he has no faith in himself. Both characters have a tendency to copy somebody of a higher status. Where as David Brent uses, most of his employees to boost his ego, Alan Partridge relies on his P.A. Neither character are successful, socially or in their careers and nobody takes them seriously. They are both failures. "Men in situation comedy are doomed to fail" ...read more.

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