Objective: Pages 1 - 40 Erma Bombeck was one of the country's most well-known and prolific humorists before her death in the nineties. Her humor is based on observing the average absurdities that pervade everyday life, from the inability of a child to change an empty toilet paper roll to the overly stylized, slick humor of the sitcom family. Bombeck was a stay-at-home mother and housewife for years, from which she has drawn a great deal of her inspiration. Through observational humor, Bombeck allows her readers to relate to her and her family by turning a mirror on them. Through her skill as a writer, the everyday oddities of raising children and maintaining a home and career can be seen as especially humorous anecdotes to which parents, children, and others alike could relate. This lesson will discuss Bombeck's use of observational humor in regards to showing her readers the...
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