to Aristotle, comedy attempts to present people as worse than
they actually are, contrary to tragedy that aims to the opposite:
to present people as better than in reality.
comedy "the prince turns out to be a swineherd",
but in a serious drama "the swineherd turns out to be
the film progresses tension arises making the viewer attentive:
The viewer is anxious about what will happen to the character
tension is released in a different manner in a comedy and
in a serious drama.
a comedy the character suddenly loses his dignity: this
leads to the viewer laughing or smiling at the
In a serious drama the character's dignity is preserved
and not lost. The tension is released by other means.