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Types of Essay – Nonfiction Unit

The humorous essay

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Types of Essay – Nonfiction Unit

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A Humorous essay is a form of nonfiction writing intended to make the reader laugh.

Some humorous writing, often described as harsh or biting, ridicules its subjects.

Other humorous writing, often described as gentle, treats its subjects with affection even as it makes fun of them.

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Hyperbole

Understatement

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A hyperbole is an intentional and often outrageous overstatement, or exaggeration.

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An understatement is the presentation of something in a restrained or subtle manner; the opposite of hyperbole.

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Diction – also referred to word choice, may include funny names, slang or other examples of verbal humor.

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Humorous essays are meant to entertain. Humorous essays can be used to convey

a serious message.

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