Questions from Students – Farce vs Comedy


Student questions :

I was personally still a little confused between a farce and a comedy. I originally thought I understood it but have gone back and think I would like further explanation. What parts really define the differences between the comedy and the farce? Is slapstick violence essential to defining a farce even though violence is still used in a comedy? Is it necessary for a farce to have some factor of impossibility in it? Or is that simply an element of certain farcical plays?

… do you think that although there is a difference between farce and comedy; within definitions and examples such as literature writings/novels and plays/movies, would you agree that there isn’t much to distinguish the difference between both terms other than how the comic is presented to us? Perhaps leaving it with no distinguish at all?


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