WHAT IS CLASSIC REMARKS?
Classic Remarks is a meme hosted here at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation.
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THIS WEEK’S PROMPT:
Tell us about a classic you find humorous.
P. G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster stories chronicle the escapes of the aristocratic Bertie Wooster and his friends, and the ways in which his valet Jeeves cleverly gets them out of scrapes. The stories are narrated by Bertie, who readily admits that Jeeves is the brain of the operations, and who repeatedly appeals to Jeeves to formulate a plan whenever a friend appears on the doorstep with a problem. Much of the humor of the stories stems from the contrast between the lazy and foppish Bertie and the steady Jeeves.
Also entertaining, however, are the digs Wodehouse gives to the aristrocracy. Bertie has an easy life and many of his problems, while amusing, are not exactly life-threatening. Often they involve an awkward romantic entanglement or issues with overbearing and snobbish family members. It falls to Jeeves to rescue Bertie from touchy social situations while maintaining decorum. Part of the irony is that Jeeves, though a servant, is much savvier at navigating upper-class society than Bertie.
Wodehouse’s stories are absolutely delightful, a wonderful way to spend the afternoon when one is looking for a read more lighthearted than serious. We all need to relax and unwind sometimes. The humor of the Jeeves and Wooster stories are the perfect way to do it!