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Moss Hart Writing Styles in You Can't Take It with You

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Farce

You Can't Take It with You employs many elements of farce, which is defined most simply as broad comedy mixed with a healthy dose of improbability. Farce typically takes highly exaggerated characters and places them in unlikely situations. Key elements include witty wordplay and physical humor for broad comic effect to provoke simple, hearty laughter from the audience. Clearly, the dancing, xylophone-playing, firecracker-making members of the Vanderhof-Sycamore household are exaggerated, make witty verbal jokes, and engage in physical horseplay.

Satire

Satire typically attacks political or social philosophies, showing them to be false or misguided through mockery and ridicule. Although You Can't Take It with You is not a harsh satire, it does gently ridicule the American tax system, welfare, and market capitalism through its ludicrous presentation of Henderson the I.R.S. agent, Donald and Ed's comments about "relief," and Grandpa's anti-materialist views. It also pokes fun at...

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