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How do Little Britain and Shameless use stereotypes to create comedy?

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How do Little Britain and Shameless use stereotypes to create comedy? A stereotype is a reflection of ideas that people hold about others that are different to them. They can be words or phrases, a picture, or words and pictures. The picture created by the stereotype can be recognised by others who share the same view. For example, "all intelligent people wear glasses". Stereotypes are used in comedy because they provide a quick, recognisable identity for a group or individual that is noticeable for what they are, or what they believe in. Due to the short nature of comedy sketches, stereotypes are excellent to use. They provide a burst of instantly understandable comedy entertainment. An example of film stereotypical comedy is 'The Godfather'. All Italian- Americans are gangsters. We think of Italians as having Mafia connections or organised crime links. Another example of stereotypes in media is 'Eastenders', which stereotypes cockney Londoners. In British television comedy, 'Kevin and Perry' portray teenage stereotypes. Such as teenagers being argumentative and not caring about their appearance. In addition to this, a promiscuous teenage stereotype is also used. 'One Foot in the Grave', is another British comedy that uses many stereotypes such as old people. ...read more.

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This shows ignorance towards the teacher. A long, wide shot of the classroom showing Vicky kicking her bag across the floor, the camera slowly pans to the left. Silence is used to build tension, as well as Vicky moving slowly. The stereotype is portrayed, by Vicky's over exaggerated ignorance and hostility towards the teacher. Sequentially, the scene moves on Vicky's explanation of why she has not handed her coursework in- but her reasons are completely unrelated to the coursework. The dialogue spoken by Vicky is informal and she often uses expletives, a mid-shot/over shoulder shot is used to show the Teacher's point of view as he looks at Vicky. The stereotype is clearly used, because teenage slang and expletives are used to create a negative teenager stereotype. Nearing the end of the scene, Vicky makes up excuses in a irrelevant and inappropriate manner. A close up is used, to focus on Vick's facial expression and the dialogue. The way inappropriate language and sexual terminology is used, along with promiscuous language supports the promiscuous stereotype of teenager. The next programme this essay will analyse for stereotypes is Shameless. Shameless is a comedy drama series set in a rough Manchester housing estate. ...read more.

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friends or neighbours. Since I don't consider myself to act like the stereotypes of Shameless then it doesn't particularly offend me. On the other hand, I do find some aspects of it amusing. In addition to this I think that audiences outside of Manchester, maybe consider this to be emblematic of Manchester. However, as in any stereotype they are not essentially true, but just reflect or exaggerate widely spreads feeling. In overall conclusion, Little Britain and Shameless use stereotypes to create comedy. For example, Daffyd, " the only gay in the village" and Frank Gallagher the drunken Mancunian. Due to the general length of comedy shows stereotypes give an instantly recognisable burst of entertainment; this is a reason for a use in Little Britain. For Shameless, stereotypes provide grounding for the whole programme about Manchester, they also make the audience laugh because of the shamelessness of it all and that really we know it is all exaggerated, purely for comedy use. Conversely Shameless maybe a stereotypical Manchester set comedy, but some of the comedy aspects do challenge the negative stereotypes of Manchester. For instances the closeness of the community. I am aware that all stereotypes are amusing as they are usually exaggerated. Therefore I fully understand they are a harmless comedy device used to create laughter. Paul Jay G.S.C.E English ...read more.

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