How Sudden Turns Teach

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“Although not every joke form contains as radical a reversal . . . nonetheless, the humor is occasioned by the sudden shift which is unexpected . . . This sudden reversal in preaching comes as the clue to resolution reverses the train of diagnostic thought. The resultant shock does not come in the form of humor, but in the form of release by means of sudden illumination of the homiletical puzzle” (Lowry, The Homiletical Plot, pp. 56-57).

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