Comedy of Humours

A comic genre that developed during the Elizabethan era and was based on the idea that human behaviour was governed by the four bodily humours. Any imbalance of these humours caused erratic behaviour. Stock characters were introduced representing the various personality traits caused through this imbalance. Jonson's Every Man in his Humour (1598) and Every Man Out of His Humour (1599) exemplify this type of drama.

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