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Rabelais presents laughter through its historical progression and its everlasting affect on the people living in the Middle Ages Laughter which once represented evil and the devil now was transformed into a means of fighting evil and the devil Even more importantly after its universal acceptance laughter provided a bridge between the social gaps of society During the debauched and decadent feasts and carnivals parodies that linked religious saints with sexual connotations became beacons of these events There was no exception for anything during these events social classes or esteemed figures which were what united everyone Laughter celebrates its masses p88 The most significant affect laughter had and still has on society is the freedom it instills in everyone Laughter freed people from the fear of the unknown and allowed them to experience what was prohibited For the first time in history mockery of such feared images as hell and the devil were enacted Laughter created no dogmas and could not become authoritarian it did not convey fear but a feeling of strength p95 With this new internal enlightenment people were able to laugh instead of remorse and live in terror People for the first time were free to act and indulge in activities that were forbidden and frightened of because of the consequences Laughter represents only the warmest aspects of life and can never be used to harm or oppress anyone the free weapon of laughter will always remain in the hands of the people With this new freedom people were able to open new doors and explore fields that were never imagined possible Freedom as Rabelais stated can be and in some respects is obtained through laughter Howard Stern the most controversial radio talk show host of our time is the living example of Rabelaiss freedom through laughter Howard Stern started roughly twenty years ago and had to fight his way through many legal battles and is still fighting new battles
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