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Admittedly, I have a good in my "favorites" list, but HotW is definitely in the top It is pure enjoyment and while sometimes raucous, it is never raunchy. Tactless, but never dumbed down, and that makes for the best kind of comedy. In true Brooks fashion, this work takes you from a parody of life to a satirical pop-culture vehicle. Unfortunately, the many late 's pop-culture references throughout the dialog is what dates this work.
Otherwise, it would still be fresh, today. Led by Mel Brooks's polished stylized direction, this work is not only hilarious, but is clever in its irony. It never takes itself too seriously, and delivers with every scene. It rates a 6. This was actually a lot better than I expected. I'm more from a Monty Python humor background and some of the Mel Brooks humor is pretty campy and dated in a Marx Bros sense but it was still pretty darn good.
Although we are often unable to talk about death on a more down-to-earth level, and when we do, it can prove ineffective, indifference towards or unconditional acceptance of death can be equally detrimental to us and the world around us. Culture and society dictate we should take care of the sick and not let them die if there is anything modern medicine can do about it, mostly because if we let someone close to us die we become painfully aware of our own vulnerability.
That is also why we often delegate sick family members to hospitals and hospices. They can become a psychological and physical burden, a death reminder, and we just do not have the heart to hit them on the head with a club, so we choose a socially approved method to let them get better or die farther away from us.
Of course, the medieval methods of getting rid of the sick are not praiseworthy either, much less the general approach to the value of human life and death during the times of the Black Death: There had been rumors about a deadly new epidemic sweeping through the Middle East, probably starting in The plague had taken hold among the Tartars of Asia Minor.
Somebody had to be blamed—in this case, the Christian minority. Later, as the plague devastated Europe, Jews were not only blamed but burned alive. The besieging army soon was ravaged by the plague and decided to leave.
As a parting shot, the Tartars used catapults to hurl plague-infected corpses over the city walls. Some residents died almost immediately; the others dashed for their galleys. Of course, the Middle Ages in general were not the best period for most Western societies: The fourteenth century suffered an entire catalog of catastrophes, including earthquakes, fires, floods, freezing weather, nauseating mists, and crop failures—all of which did not even seem to slow down the incessant warfare and banditry.
Social order was weakened under the stress, and a hungry and exhausted population became more vulnerable to influenza and other opportunistic diseases. Kastenbaum 63 It is hardly surprising that in such dire circumstances people would live each day as if it were their last and practiced the artes moriendi religiously. Another intelligent example of the acceptance of danger and death in The Holy Grail is the song merrily chirped in praise of Brave Sir Robin: He was not afraid to die, Oh Brave Sir Robin, He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin.
He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp Or to have his eyes gouged out and his elbows broken; To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away, And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Robin.
Of course, no one in their right mind and with healthy survival instincts would bear such atrocities, but, for medieval knights, death was an honor. Medieval indifference in the face of death seems neither healthier nor more logical than the modern denial of death. The brutal ways of inflicting pain and death on Brave Sir Robin are in fact what medieval crusaders inflicted on others. And many Brave Sir Robins, blinded by greed and the promise of immortality, gave as little attention to their own annihilation as to that of others.
Becker 2. If we care about anyone it is usually ourselves first of all. It is one of the meaner aspects of narcissism that we feel that practically everyone is expendable except ourselves. Our organism is ready to fill the world all alone, even if our mind shrinks at the thought. However, were he to lose his penis in any way, it would not only destroy his physical manhood, but, more than the damage of any other body part, would also prove his mortality and meaninglessness. Thus, it is only natural that Brave Sir Robin, who expects worldly and spiritual rewards in exchange for the mutilation of his body, reacts strongly when his penis is even metaphorically endangered.
With his penis threatened, he would lose a physical and psychological connection with the father his own and God and would become more susceptible to the biological forces of nature ruled by the terror of death, which, in turn, would make it impossible for him to continue being brave. Yet, the lyrics also make it clear that our body is fallible, prone to harm, entropy, decay, and eventual death, and that the only way to achieve immortality is through symbolic social monuments or gestures—in this case through an absurd song.
And speaking about immortality: is there a life after death according to the Pythons? As far as the general absurdity of most sketches goes, this one is quite unequivocal, and, for a change, the punch line is surprisingly logical. So what is the meaning of death according to Monty Python? Struggling for a coherent conclusion when it comes to the Pythons is very much like struggling to impose order on the chaos that death causes for all of us.
Like the rest of the movie, the final song is also a critique of the symbol that Christianity regards as helpful in making sense of death, while, in fact, what the cross testifies to is human cruelty and disregard for life. The Pythons manage to strip lies, denial, and pretense from every subject they touch—they have no illusions: life is absurd, unpredictable, often cruel, and it always ends in death, but this is what gives creative energy to art and life itself.
Since the Pythons frequently formulate their morals in songs, it seems appropriate to end this analysis with one that adds yet another perspective to the place of death in life. No need to take a breath, Just lie around all day, With not a single bill to pay, Hooray. Idle Too good to be true? Helen Weaver. New York: Vintage, Asma, Stephen T. Gary L. Chicago: Open Court, Avery, John Scales.
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Virgin, Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today. New York: Garland, Yeats, W. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Ltd. In its iconography it bears a visible imprint of the aesthetics and preoccupations of the surrealist and Dadaist movements, with their inspiration from and fascination with psychoanalysis, as well as futuristic transformation of a human being under the influence of technology.
With various aims in mind, the body is carnivalesque and comic, grotesque and sacrilegious, transgressive and shocking. The theoretical framework for my analysis will embrace the concepts of the liminal and grotesque body A. Turner, M. Bakhtin , the abject J. Kristeva , and cannibalistic incorporation L. In all of these theories the body is defined as a borderline phenomenon, located between different states and forms of signification.
It is because of this transgressive character that the body enters into the field of abjection and the grotesque, the field in which the cadaver is also placed. What does not respect borders, positions, rules. The same openings and orifices through which bodily liquids flow, for Kristeva, are dangers for the internal and external integrity of the body Kristeva 56, They transgress the borders between inside and outside, polluting the body and questioning the idea of the integral self. Outside the carnival or ritual regenerative structure the same elements of the grotesque body become the causes of abjection.
The abject seems to arise from the confrontation of the classic concept of the body that was isolated, independent, and separated from other bodies with the previous or simply alternative representation of the grotesque body without clearly defined borders and with apertures opening it to the outside world Bakhtin The corpse in many cultures is represented as a fundamental element of pollution, subject to various taboos and rituals surrounding its treatment and disposal.
In her study of biblical abomination Kristeva describes the corpse including the animal corpse as polluting because of its transgressive and transitional character, which escapes definition, and also because of its opposition to divine law and offense to what is considered acceptable: A decaying body, lifeless, completely turned into dejection, blurred between the inanimate and the inorganic, a transitional swarming, inseparable lining of a human nature whose life is undistinguishable from the symbolic—the corpse represents fundamental pollution.
A body without soul, a non-body, disquieting matter. The human corpse is a fount of impurity and must not be touched Numbers ft. Burial is a means of purification. Kristeva Because of its impurity, the corpse is subject to strictly defined procedures of disposal to avoid pollution and abjection, to not face its unspeakable horror.
Roland Barthes describes this encroachment as a source of taboo in his analysis of E. Cannibalism itself, whether present in its ritual physical or symbolic form, is further subject to strict procedures and behaviors. When seen as a cultural ritual process, cannibalism is coded as a way of preserving the corpse, of stopping the process of its disintegration, enabling the survival of the consumed within the body and mind of the consumer Thomas In archaic societies this was particularly related to cannibalistic incorporation in endocannibalism involving members of the family, group, community.
In cannibalism the body has to be properly prepared to allow for the breach of the dietary taboo, with exocannibalism involving more preparatory and culinary procedures, mixing the body with other foods as part of its cultural assimilation and culturalization Thomas , taming the abject. This is related to the risk and ambivalence connected with cannibalistic incorporation—of repulsion and love, identification and rejection, self-destruction because of incorporation of the same and loss of identity because of internalization of the other Thomas In the case of symbolic substitutes of cannibalism 2 one can transgress the taboo without violating the law through the primarily linguistic processes of sublimation and displacement Thomas Degradation builds a bodily grave for a new birth.
Grotesque realism knows no other lower level; it is the fruitful earth and the womb. We have gathered the concepts of the body, the corpse, cannibalism, and the maternal body as instances of the abject and we have seen how the same phenomena are embraced by a carnivalesque and ritualistic framework, in which what is potentially the cause of abjection is turned into positive, regenerative symbolism partly represented through the notion of the grotesque.
My objective is to examine how the sketches maneuver between the grotesque and the abject, the carnival and the taboo, the comic and the offensive, always verging on the border of transgression and provocation. With decreasing chances of rescue and fading hopes for survival, the mariners enter the liminal area—located outside society, where normal rules are abandoned, survival principles take over, and priorities change.
Their status in the incorporation stage that should normally follow the limen becomes insignificant because of the threat of incompletion of the process—death by starvation. This inbetweenness places the characters in suspension—outside the social rules in the realm where cannibalism becomes both a rational solution in survival strategies and a noble, humanitarian sacrifice for others. However, cannibalism as an idea justified by the survival principle still has to undergo a certain codification or ritualization if it is to transgress the dietary prohibition and abjection caused by such a use of the human body.
The body offered by the captain, the body partly consumed by death a gammy leg , thus justifying homicide by eliminating the one least likely to survive, is from the culinary perspective polluted, not fresh, already disintegrating. In the culinary context, for successful symbolic incorporation the body consumed should be healthy and have positive power associations. It is this sudden change from the symbolic meaning of cannibalism to the strictly culinary idiom that causes the mixture of repulsion and the grotesque, which is further increased by the arbitrariness of choice that cannot be permitted within the cultural regulation of the taboo.
Healthy diet, religious dietary restriction, or simple affection lead to a situation very much like a conversation over a menu in a restaurant, into which the scene eventually transforms. Interestingly, the lack of agreement as to the source of food is analogous to the ambivalence related to cannibalistic incorporation—of negotiating between the other and the same, of acceptance and rejection, desire and abjection. In order to look at the live body as a source of food, the mariners repeat several times that they have no chance of survival, thus inscribing themselves in the domain of the nearly dead.
The readiness with which they offer their own bodies to the rest bears an imprint of civilized codes related to self-sacrifice standing in opposition to the struggle for survival. The confrontation between good manners, hospitability, and the tabooed barbarism of cannibalism abjection generates the dissonance that is the source of humor.
However, the moment the liminal situation is made familiar by the direct framework of a restaurant scene, the implication of cannibalism becomes abjective once again, causing disgust and shock, preparing the ground for the next scene presenting a letter protesting against insinuations of cannibalism in the Royal Navy.
The consumed human body is either food or a container, in which bodily or non-bodily The Body, Desire, and the Abject 29 liquids are kept. In this respect the cartoons are a subversive realization of the holy communion and transubstantiation, of eating and drinking the body and from the body. The navy motifs in the costumes worn by either the consumer or the consumed ironically refer to earlier comic implications of cannibalism in the Royal Navy. Human figures and bodies are fragmented, multiplied, and placed in everyday culinary contexts replacing in paradigmatic relationships some well-known foods, like chips or a lollipop.
Both the fragmentation of the body, making it a part of the digestive cycle, and the opening of the body are components of grotesque imagery which outside its original carnivalesque context is supposed to shock or tease the classical tastes of corporeal integrity.
The culinary context in which the cartoon bodies are placed, a clear reference to common foods and dishes, in which a single element is replaced by a corporeal equivalent, seems almost to parody theories of cultural incorporation evident in cannibalism.
Through paradigmatic replacement, cannibalism is turned into a cultural practice, common and commonplace, in aesthetic and sensual terms located very close to everyday experience. What seems to shock is the suggestiveness of this proximity by the combination of culinary aestheticism and the eagerness and appetite with which the cartoon figures consume bodily substances.
Almost each line of the sketch transgresses the taboos imposed on the domain of death and the treatment of the dead body, releasing the corpse from cultural regulations and containment. This is partly performed through the replacement of euphemisms with direct expressions revealing what the language tries to keep concealed.
The description of burial and burning refers to the idea of the corpse as an in-between phenomenon, partly dead yet sustaining various life processes— reminiscent of the macabre image of the rotting body—the transi. The implications of premature burial, another horror that obsessed people for many centuries, 4 also refer to the in-betweenness of the dead body, where the border between life and death is blurred, thus being a source of abjection.
The reference to the young age of the diseased further increases the possibility of such speculations. When confronted with the nasty descriptions of burning and burying the body, cannibalism is paradoxically introduced as a more positive alternative. Because of the mother-son relationship it bears certain features of endocannibalism, which is supposed to preserve the dead person in the body of the consumer.
The horror of eating a raw corpse is supposed to be decreased by the imposition of the cultural assimilation pro- The Body, Desire, and the Abject 31 cesses related to the culinary sphere. The transgressions related to the corpse mentioned above are intensified because we deal here with the body of the mother. Playing with the maternal corpse in a sack breaches a number of cultural taboos related to the concept of the mother. Every abuse, offense, or mistreatment of the body in the sketch is doubly marked by a transgression against the taboo of death and the mother figure, which consists of two aspects—the abject and the sublime Oliver A mother carried in a sack reverses the image of the mother holding a child or carrying it in her womb.
Although these meanings are not apparent, they seem to demonstrate how culturally charged the taboos are that Monty Python play with. Like the preceding cartoon interlude, the imagery in the sketch is replete with orifices, openings, lack of containment or inadequate containers, fragmentation, instability, transition—all characteristic of the carnival grotesque.
Playing with taboos and transgressions temporarily unleashes the abject, causing shock and disgust, only to place it within the regulations of carnivalesque reversals, metafictional frameworks, or political and social satire. However, as the abject is always perverse, its placement within any regulatory frameworks is never fully successful, always leaving the aftertaste of transgression. Being located within the noncarnivalesque or fragmented carnival context, with outside laws and regulation imposed on it, corporeal representations lose their cosmic connotations and seem to focus more on the moment of transgression and disturbance or on political or satirical messages.
When seen in the context of the cultural revolution of the s and s, the works created by the Monty Python group particularly its earlier productions bear some trace of this carnival consciousness. NOTES 1. The ritual structure defined by Arnold van Gennep as three stages: separation, limen, incorporation Turner Thomas classifies the rituals of Christian communion and transubstantiation as symbolic substitutes of cannibalism Thomas Warszawa: PIW, Bakhtin, Mikhail. Rabelais and his World.
Helene Iswolsky. Bloomington: Indiana UP, Barthes, Roland. Geoff Bennington. Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. David Lodge. London: Longman, Aleksandra Derra. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Akademickie i Profesjonalne, Kristeva, Julia. Powers of Horror. An Essay on Abjection. Leon S. New York: Columbia UP, Oliver, Kelly. Reading Kristeva: Unraveling the Double-bind. Thomas, Louis-Vincent. Trup: od biologii do antropologii. Krzysztof Kocjan. Turner, Victor. Wilmut, Roger. London: Eyre Methuen, It is argued here that despite the seemingly surreal content, the aforementioned film aptly addresses vital gender issues, frequently exhibiting a poignant critique of patriarchal society, a critique coinciding with other seminal texts of the period e.
The aforementioned scene illustrates perfectly the social and medical processes, whose roots date back to much earlier times. However, what was gone together with that tradition was the idea of the female helper in her auxiliary function to the laboring woman, whereas the central perspective was reserved to the woman giving birth. Instead of active participation in delivery, the woman has to lie motionlessly and allow male doctors to do their work. Hence, in The Meaning of Life it is the male doctors, surrounded with their high-priced equipment whose function they barely comprehend , who constitute the center of the film scene.
One of the doctors addresses the expectant woman in a patronizing way, treating her as if she were both mentally disabled and infantile. You are not qualified. Leave it to us. Hence the previously biological process of childbirth is contemporarily conceived of as a purely medical procedure.
Defining woman as a patient implies her state as pathological, demanding professional assistance. The ,pound apparatus needs to prove to the administrative clerk its curative usefulness. The pompous administrator who enters the delivery room is impressed by the technological advancement of the medical services. He boasts about the favorable lease conditions of the overpriced equipment, and is delighted to see it so usefully employed.
In this light, one might be astonished that the scene raises so many vital feminist issues and that it presents a perspective empathetic towards women. In the aforementioned scene, however, it is not words but the vivid imagery that affect us most. The laboring female body is transported on a wheeled hospital bed, headlong like an object. With her head, the confined woman literally bangs open the doors of the hospital corridor.
The bright lamp hurts her eyes. Her ears are bombarded with a metallic pounding noise that echoes in the clinical milieu. Her face looks agitated. A widened perspective shows the sterile and impersonal hospital corridors: all white and deserted. And during the delivery her face remains undisclosed, her passive body viewed from a legs-up angle. The account of the delivery room is never through her eyes, her perspective not mattering in this scene at all.
Applied to the scientific practice, this analysis is quite devastating: it makes clinical anatomy into an adult version of infantile sadism. It is the expression of curiosity linked to the most archaic sadistic impulses. Evelyn Fox Keller stresses the violent and sadistic implications of what we would call the contemporary bio-medical perversion.
A laboring woman gives birth in the middle of her daily household routine. Doing the laundry, she barely notices as another infant slides out of her vagina and drops on the floor with a splash. Once made redundant, he sells some of his children for medical experiments. Treating his progeny as a dispensable commodity and his own private property, he can always cash in his livestock capital when in arrears.
Consequently, she allows her husband to take total control of family planning, or rather, the lack of it. With just two children, an affluent Protestant family represents a higher social and class affiliation. The husband seems proud to entertain the mere possibility of erotic autonomy that his religious system permits, while his wife would like to explore and share this freedom with him in practice. The camera closes in on the dreamy eyes of the Python imagining a sex life that entailed intercourse more than just twice a lifetime.
One should be alert to a subtle yet striking parallelism here. Two seemingly dissimilar family models both operate around their central male figures, subscribing to clashing ideological and religious discourses, and in both of them, the wives seem to be equally marginalized in their psychological wishes or sensuous longings. Neither husband takes any notice of the vital needs of the woman he is married to. Although the Protestant husband seems able to provide a better financial security for his family, in terms of care and respect for his spouse he does not differ much from his Catholic counterpart.
Both male family providers appear to take pride in their ideological outlooks, finding them superior to that of their neighbor. The strict following of their religious doctrines seems to be the sufficient justification for their self-centered actions and egoistic choices, the consequences of which are to be endured by other family members.
Neither of them consults his wife on family or sexual matters or is willing to bear the consequences of their decisions. For both husbands, ideology becomes a convenient excuse for indulging in their own desires: either in excessive libido Catholic or sexual frigidity Protestant.
As a result, the Catholic wife seems completely debilitated through constant labors, and her Protestant neighbor has come close to sexual neurosis. This section in The Meaning of Life draws on the new model of family inseparably tied up with the modern politics of fecundity. However, it is in the realm of the family that this inference has become most conspicuous.
It is no longer a matter of producing an optimum number of children, but one of the correct management of this age of life. But the question remains as to whether this destitution should be viewed as a cause or effect. The Catholic family might be discerned as pathological not because there are too many children in it, or because its members are orthodox and dogmatic believers, but because neither of the parents can provide for the wealth and safety of the entire family.
This section is a bitter critique of inconsiderate masculinity in terms of family planning, and not just an attack on ideology or religion. Moreover, it becomes clear that the image of the family has changed. Bored male pupils pay little, or no, attention, to the pitiful spectacle in front of their eyes.
The performers are equally uninterested. In this deplorable interpretation, sex becomes one more duty to be fulfilled by the married couple. While making small talk, the teacher and his wife Helen played by a biological woman both undress mechanically, and, omitting the foreplay, proceed to penetration straight away. All the active verbs employed by the teacher sanctify a stereotypical division into passive and active roles.
Analyzing the scholarly idiom, Martin asks rhetorically: A look at language—in this case, scientific language—provides the first clue. Take the egg and the sperm. The egg is seen as large and passive. During the sexual act, she does nothing to enhance her own sexual satisfaction. The fact that the demonstration takes place in front of a male-only audience might also be indicative of the achieved effect. The anti-Semite cleaner is mostly portrayed on her knees, or covered in vomit.
Maria is long in the tooth, dressed shabbily, and unattractive. Her intellectual and mental horizons are limited, and name-dropping of the places where she has done her research cleaning and reading? Personal enlightenment is not a matter of the outer, but the inner environment.
The abject-Maria constitutes the embodiment of the most abominable human features: a sense of superiority over other denominations, racial prejudice, and religious hatred. The scene scorns the idea of wisdom coming with age. Television ads portray only the arthritic, the toothless, the wrinkled, and the constipated.
If estrogen really is the hormone of the youth and its decline suggests the coming of old age, then its loss is a part of biology that our culture ill equips us to handle. It is a generally accepted fact in modern culture that aging affects women more than it does men, as if the passage of time was determined by gender categories.
In their mad pursuit of Jarret, the sexualized female bodies are shown in detail: the breasts jerk up and down, the bodies are presented as if to titillate. The determining male gaze projects its fantasy onto the female figure which is styled accordingly.
In their traditional exhibitionist role women are simultaneously looked at and displayed with their appearance coded for strong visual and erotic impact they can be said to connote to-be-looked-at-ness. Women displayed as sexual objects is the leitmotif of erotic spectacle. The presence of woman is an indispensable element of spectacle in normal narrative film, yet her visual presence tends to work against the development of story line, to freeze the flow of action in moments of erotic contemplation.
The mad pursuit of an escaping man by a sexually insatiable, nearly naked female crowd was a regular part of the infamous Benny Hill Show. In The Meaning of Life, slow motion seems to put the whole spectacle in inverted commas. What makes the performance even more surreal are the crash helmets worn by the pursuing women. Instead of sexual arousal, one watches these women with growing amazement. Paradoxical as it might be, no previous section of The Meaning of Life contains so many overt eroticized images or innuendoes.
One could argue that it is a combination of Eros and Thanatos that leads to the eruption of sexy female bodies. As an earlier-referred abject, the sexualized female bodily fetish is both desired and loathed.
The aforementioned textual dichotomy is rendered cinematographically by the camera eye unabashedly zooming on female eroticized bodies, accompanied by the politically correct off-screen commentary that impugns the objectifying visual imagery. For feminist analyses and criticism of Foucault, see for instance the collection of essays: Feminism and the Late Foucault. Sawicki provides a full length account of this approach: [m]edicalized childbirth has come under attack from many camps since the birth of modern medicine.
Individual men and women as well as organized groups representing scientific, economic, and feminist interests have considerably challenged the Western model of childbirth. Natural childbirth was reintroduced as an option and a home-birth movement emerged. Both feminists and non-feminist critics have challenged the routine use of episiotomy, and drugs for pain and the induction of labor. Furthermore, individual women attempt to control the terms of their own hospital childbirths by staying home longer before going into the hospital and thereby avoiding unnecessary C-sections due to prolonged labor, by demanding to have an advocate present during the birthing process, by finding physicians who support their desire to minimize medical intervention, and so forth.
Such resistance has served as the basis of forms of client resistance and has worked to counter tendencies toward depoliticizing motherhood and childbirth. Janet Price and Margrit Shildrick. Edinburgh UP, Birke, Lynda. Braidotti, Rosi. Kathleen Lennon and Margaret Whitford.
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Price, Janet, and Margrit Shildrick. Feminist Theory and the Body: A Reader. Riley, Denise. Sawicki, Jana. Segal, Lynne. Taylor, Diane, and Karen Vintges, eds. Feminism and the Final Foucault. Urbana and Chicago: U of Illinois P, The sacred hymns would be replaced with scurrilous and obscene songs, and the prayer and response ritual between priest and congregation was replaced by the priest braying like an ass three times, and the congregation responding likewise Welsford The men would dress as women, or wear their clothes inside out, and the women would either dress as men, or simply flaunt their nakedness.
The consecrated area of the altar would be defiled by the attendance not of a priest, but an actual donkey, and the head of the clergy, the bishop, would be replaced by a Bishop of Fools, usually a child elected by the congregation. Quite often, the clergy themselves would sanction this behavior, and themselves participate. So, the subdeacons would promote themselves ahead of their superiors, and align themselves with their newly appointed bishop in a reversal of normal church hierarchy.
In the meantime, the senior clergy would be forced to do menial jobs they were illequipped to perform. However, the leniency of the church toward this disruptive festival soon waned, and it died out, lingeringly, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It dispersed only as a specifically religious subversive custom, as it was transferred to the social and political spheres to deal with more secular, bourgeois matters Janik and Nelson And as a social custom, it was the carnival and the circus that provided the cultural space for a reversal of the hierarchies.
Thugs beating up old ladies? Why not have old ladies ganging up, roaming the streets looking for thugs to bash, young people to bully? Python comedic reversal is of a similarly radical nature as that which occurs in the Feast of Fools. During the Feast of Fools, the pomposity of the actual bishop was countered by the congregation, who would usually seat him on the ass in front of the altar.
This duality is central to many religions, and in particular to Christianity, and the tactics used to subvert this duality in the Feast of Fools are identical to those employed by the Pythons. John Cleese made an interesting comment about the controversy surrounding The Life of Brian. He suggests that it was not the supposedly blasphemous content of the film that disconcerted the American Christian audience.
More discomfiting Monty Python and the Flying Feast of Fools 55 to such an audience would have been the convention in British humor for the male actors to dress as, and act the roles of, women. Cross-dressing was a staple of the Flying Circus, as the team played all the roles, with Carol Cleveland being the notable exception. As mentioned, cross-dressing was also a common feature of the Feast of Fools.
This also explains the nudity of many of the female congregants during the Feast of Fools and medieval carnivals. Again, the Pythons employ the same device in the Flying Circus. Whether the Pythons are themselves emotionally stunted is open to debate, but they certainly play emotionally stunted individuals very well.
I like that. By indulging in nudity and sexual innuendo, both the Pythons and the participants in the Feast of Fools laid themselves open to the charge of vulgarity. A comic form often similarly charged is farce. It was a name for the form of liturgical subversion that would make its way into the Feast of Fools.
The farceur takes the play element latent in all comedy and intensifies it, revels in its energy and wackiness. So far from being a meagre, impoverished activity, farce—perceptual play largely for its own sake, unconcerned about meaning—may well be the ultimate mode of expression to which arts of the risible tend.
Part Seven. I thought it was supposed to be about teeth anyway. In the Python feature films, there are also numerous self-reflexive references to the conventions of film, particularly in The Holy Grail. In The Life of Brian the selfreflexive references are scant, but extremely powerful. Terry Gilliam believes that basic comedy, evoking laughter in another person, is a simple operation. An argument over what the subject of the film actually was led into controversy.
Well, what sort of chance does that give me? All right, I am the Messiah! Running away from his fanatical followers a common tactic in The Holy Grail , Brian loses his shoe, along with a gourd that he was given for free whilst buying a disguise to evade the Romans. His followers find these items, and elevate them to the status of religious icons. He associates this aspect of Python comedy with British satire in general, which may seem to have definite political intentions, but very often does not.
He even contends that the attitude underlying political satiric humor is akin to the conservative individualistic politics of Thatcherism in s Britain. The point of the festival was not to attempt to effect change in society, but to briefly kick against the pricks, before submitting once again to dominant social and political hierarchies.
Terry Jones, who as a Welshman would be expected to have a slightly different perspective on a number of political issues, believed that if the Pythons had come into being during the Thatcher years, the tone of their comedy would have been very different qtd. Those familiar with the work of Bill Hicks will be alerted to a similar point he makes about the adoption of a crucifix by Christians as their emblem.
He compares it to supporters of JFK walking around with a gun pendant in commemoration of his assassination. This refers to the war in Lilliput between two rival factions: one of whom believes eggs should be broken at the big end, and the other from the little end. Light Rays: James Joyce and Modernism.
New York: New Horizons Press, Falzon, Christopher. Gutwirth, Marcel. Laughing Matter: An Essay on the Comic. New York: Cornell UP, Nelson, eds. Westport: Greenwood Press, Perry, George. The Life of Python. London: BCA, The Secret Life of Brian. Will Yapp. Channel 4, Sterritt, David. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, Strinati, Dominic, and Stephen Wagg, eds.
Come on Down? Swift, Jonathan. London: Blackie, Welsford, Enid. Williams, Robert. Newark: U of Delaware P, In the Flying Circus the troupe constantly appropriated and recycled cultural icons in a quite unconventional context: a television comedy program.
Famous scientists, philosophers, painters, composers, and writers were often comically portrayed in the most shocking situations and their works provided Monty Python with raw material for many sketches. Of course William Shakespeare, as one of the greatest literary figures of all time, could be no exception. Not surprisingly, there are many allusions to the Bard or his works in the Flying Circus. Overactors in a hospital playing the character of Richard III, bogus psychiatrists analyzing Prince Hamlet, the first underwater production of Measure for Measure, or an Elizabethan wife pretending to read Shakespeare while enjoying pornography are just a few examples of the continuous presence of Shakespeare in the Flying Circus.
As Darl Larsen has demonstrated in his pioneering work on the subject, Monty Python, Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama, the Pythons appropriated and revised many of the most defining structural devices and techniques of the Bard. This coincidence can hardly be accidental. Paul, and Erasmus. Lippincott points out, does not resemble any other fool in the preShakespearean English drama This figure is nicely represented by three fools who embody the essence of the character: Touchstone in As You Like It, Feste in Twelfth Night, and the significantly unnamed fool in King Lear.
It is not easy to make generalizations, since they are not identical. Shakespeare underlines or minimizes some of their features and, like most Shakespearean characters, each fool shows particular features that make him unique in a certain way. Touchstone seems a fool whose ironic but gentle attacks are never taken too seriously by his victims, and this allows him to be what is probably the most socially integrated of Shakespearean fools.
He even takes part in the final celebration of the happy ending, by marrying Audrey and becoming a part of what he has satirized. The sad Feste is particularly fascinated with the use of language and displays an amazing ability to play with words, often by means of nonsensical or apparently nonsensical verbal pirouettes. However, in spite of their differences there are some common elements in all of them. Significantly enough, most of those elements are also shared by Monty Python.
This patronage offered protection to the fool no matter how subversive his work may be. Under the disguise of humor, fools were al- Shakespeare, Monty Python, and the Tradition of the Wise Fool 63 lowed to say unwelcome truths that could have cost knights or courtiers their heads. This can be clearly seen in King Lear, where the king himself is constantly reminded of his mistakes and limitations by the fool. Monty Python started their career working for the BBC, which in the late s represented an official cultural authority in Britain.
However, the Pythons always felt free to satirize or lampoon the programs, attitudes, and habits of the BBC. Besides the significant subversive reading we can make of this scene, this trademark sketch also illustrates a strategy typically used by Shakespearean fools. As Indira Ghose points out, the fools in Shakespeare call into question our view of our own reality by offering an alternative world, a world upside down Fools represent a topsy-turvy world in which the king is a fool and the fool is the king, a world in which conventional logic collapses and gives way to a distorted reality.
It is the world of the unexpected that triggers laughter. This is one of the basic principles of the Python universe. Shakespearean fools and Monty Python share an uncommon gift to defamiliarize the familiar by distorting the image of the world. This term implies the notion of the grotesque, the inversion of roles and the subversion of an established order through humor and chaos. The grotesque and distorting perspective of the carnival makes possible a different view of reality.
As Lippincot affirms, the fool has the ability to exist simultaneously in two worlds, that of the wise and that of the foolish Shakespearean fools seem to have a different awareness of reality and they enlighten other characters who are deceived by appearances. The fool as a character is another deceiving appearance since his apparently nonsensical comments often reveal sensible reflections and profound truths. Monty Python also makes frequent use of this strategy.
In many sketches we find situations that at first glance seem nothing but absurd. But when we look deeper we discover a concealed meaning. The psychiatrists are not interested in his words and instead project their own sexual fantasies onto him.
Besides, this sketch represents a figure who tries to escape from rigid expectations developed over centuries; on a deeper level, this apparently silly version of Hamlet is a clever commentary on the bad habits of literary criti- Shakespeare, Monty Python, and the Tradition of the Wise Fool 65 cism and on how critics have frequently dissected the character by approaching him from preconceived positions.
This questioning of the validity of history as an objective reproduction of the past is a key issue of postmodern art, as critics such as Linda Hutcheon have pointed out. One more example of this pseudo-absurdist approach is the sketch where the pope complains to Michelangelo about the Last Supper, which he has just painted with twenty-eight disciples, three Christs, and a kangaroo. Apart from the possible implications about censorship or artistic license, it is significant that this apparently surreal moment is actually based on real events.
In , Paolo Veronese was accused by the Roman Inquisition because his version of The Last Supper for the Basilica de Saint Giovanni presented a cat, a jester, several drunken Germans, dwarfs, and a parrot. Eventually he was forced to rename his painting The Feast in the House of Levi.
The apparently nonsensical world of the Pythons, like that of the wise fools, repays deeper looking with deeper meanings. Another defining feature of the wise fools is their use of language. Robert Graves carried out an interesting study on the rhetoric of the fool and concluded that his style is based mainly on three literary devices 73 , devices that are used by Monty Python on countless occasions.
The first of those devices is the pun, an excellent tactic to express two meanings simultaneously. Smoker and Mrs. What are they? Tell us! It floats! So, logically. By the use of his folly the fool reminds the listener that he is also a fool, and still worse, that he is an unaware fool who needs another fool to carry out his own process of self-recognition.
To deflate the pompous authority of those who exert power either political, religious, military, or academic by reducing it to the absurd is just a reminder that nobody is exempt from foolishness. Life is cruel and irrational, as Shakespearean fools and Monty Python seem to know so well. The hilarious and enjoyable topsy-turvy world created by both is in a way just a mask to cover the face of the horrible monster of reality.
Significantly enough, the Pythons never offered a conventional happy ending in their long narrative works: Arthur never found the Grail, Brian is crucified, and The Meaning of Life ends with death. This pessimistic view of human nature, shared by both the Pythons and the Shakespearean fools, is ironically what pushes them towards comedy, both reflecting the absurdity of human experience through humor.
An aspect that increases the pessimism of both Shakespearean fools and the Pythons is the lack of an alternative solution. They are not social reformers who offer a utopian world or a moralist example to imitate. They know they cannot change the world so they use their subversive energy to underline comically how absurd it is. As I have tried to show in this chapter, in spite of their different chronological and artistic contexts, Shakespearean fools and Monty Python share certain defining features related to their purposes, common modes of philosophy, language, and strategy which can hardly be considered accidental.
In a way, Monty Python may have found in the figure of the Shakespearean wise fool an inspirational model for presenting an apparently absurd universe which, on a deeper level, is impregnated with their meaningful subversive efforts. In documentaries and interviews with Python members, the question of who could have been the seventh Python has often been raised. Neil Innes or Carol Cleveland are often proposed. Bearing in mind the parallelism between the Shakespearean fool and the Pythons, it is pleasing to imagine that mysterious Mr.
Bill Jones, Allan G. Parker, and Ben Timlett. Eagle Rock Entertainment, Bishop, Ellen. Ghose, Indira. Shakespeare and Laughter: A Cultural History. Goldsmith, Robert Hillis. Wise Fools in Shakespeare. Graves, Robert. Hewison, Robert. New York: Grove, Hutcheon, Linda. Janick, Vicky. Fools and Jesters in Literature, Art, and History.
Westport: Greenwood, Kott, Jan. Shakespeare, Our Contemporary. London: Methuen, Landy, Marcia. Detroit: Wayne State UP, Larsen, Darl. Jefferson and London: McFarland, Lippincot, H. Platt, Peter G. Shakespeare and the Culture of Paradox. Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama.
Burlington: Ashgate, Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. Juliet Dusinberre. Arden Shakespeare. London: Arden, King Lear. Twelfth Night. Keir Elam. It appeared only ten years after Studies in Hysteria, an inaugural work in the theory of psychoanalysis, and only five years after The Interpretation of Dreams, the book that established the foundations of his way of understanding the notion of the unconscious and its outward manifestations.
The Joke, which consistently emphasizes the foundations of the humorous in the recesses of the unconscious, is a logical continuation of the study of dreams. In Freud slightly revised his theory of the comic in a short work entitled Humour, being now able to incorporate the new terminology compatible with his famous Superego-Ego-Id triad.
Nonetheless, it is The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious which remains his most comprehensive and most significant study of the subject. Applying this theory to the whole artistic output of the Pythons would be a task exceeding the scope available here. Thus, I have limited my analysis twofold: first, to the Flying Circus TV shows alone, and second, to the comic representations of madness in them.
Making an important distinction between verbal and intellectual jokes, the study nevertheless underlines that both types are deeply set in the unconscious: The interesting processes of condensation with substitute-formation which we have recognized to be the core of the joke-technique in verbal jokes pointed us towards the formation of dreams, for the same psychical processes have been discovered in the mechanism of work there.
But that is the very same direction to which the techniques of intellectual jokes also point—displacement, faulty thinking, absurdity, indirect representation, representation by the opposite— and all of these without exception recur in the dream-work. Importantly, absurdity, mentioned in the above quotation, seems central to many skits from the Flying Circus programs—the Pythons have been famous for their use of nonsense, and the humor exercised in their shows is inextricably connected with it.
The use of nonsense in jokes is of crucial importance for Freud. By means of suppressing the fetters of rational thought, the joking adult is able to recreate the form of pleasure annihilated by the oppression of censoring maturity. Thus the child in an adult laughs heartily when the adult would be embarrassed even to grin. Consequently, the disguise of a joke is often used to direct our mockery at people, institutions, or ideas which would not be ridiculed otherwise The Flying Circus presents numerous examples of acutely disturbed individuals gone berserk, including a TV commentator exploding with hatred for communists, and a martial arts instructor going bananas about being attacked with fresh fruit.
His psychosis is rooted in an uncontrollable fear of hair being cut, an anxiety he has suffered since childhood. This sketch is a parody of a phone-in show in which viewers are shown a series of pictures and must ring up the presenter when they see a cretin in one of them. Obviously, they are all loonies. Not all presentations of insanity in the Flying Circus are so benign, though.
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