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Portia Coughlan Drowning While Laughing The humour in Mariana Carrs 1996 play Portia Coughlan richly emphasises the poignant story of harrowing tragedy because it is humour that humans rely on when the depth of tragedy runs overbearingly deep Comedy and tragedy however confront man with the most extreme situations that he can experienceGuthke166 It is through these extremes in emotions that the audience can truly experience second-hand what the characters must be feeling their loss grief and the sudden break from those emotions by a seemingly inapproiate comic interlude In Portia Coughlan we meet Portia while she is alone suffering in the misery of her thirtieth birthday she is terribly unhappy with the choices she and life itself have chosen for her she is wallowing Uds me birtha tadayThirty half me lifes overCarr2 We see that Portia is very unhappy about her birthday and she feels that she has already lived half of her life and has very little living left but there is humour in this exchange between Portia and her husband Raphael because after all she is only turning 30 and is been behaving as though the world has completely fallen apart as apparent in Raphaels reaction to her melancholy Me heart goes out to ya Carr2 Raphael has returned home from work to give his petulant wife her birthday present and Portia is very displeased with it he has given her a very crass and flashy diamond bracelet and Portia appears to be offended by its pretentiousness As though it is proof that her husband must not know her very well to pick out a gift for her that is so obviously not to her liking This scene could be portrayed very comically a drunk and unhappy housewife bitter about her thirtieth birthday upset with her husbands choice of gift she is behaving very brash and emotionally Yet
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