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What effect may putting a humorous minor scene before or after an emotional key scene have on an audience?

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A short comic scene before or after a dramatic one can break the tension. A great example of this is the Porter scene in Macbeth which is comic, and breaks the tension of the murder scene previously before tension is then increased again. It gives the audience a moment to breathe before the next moment of stress!

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