• As Victor Hugo once said, "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face", and up to now nobody has been able to do this better than Charlie Chaplin.
  • He brightened the lives of Americans and British through two world wars and the hard years in between.
  • He made people laugh at a time when they felt depressed, so they could feel more content with their lives.
  • Not that Charlie's own life was easy! He was born in a poor family in 1889.
  • His parents were both poor music hall performers.
  • You may find it astonishing that Charlie was taught to sing as soon as he could speak and dance as soon as he could walk.
  • Such training was common in acting families at this time, especially when the family income was often uncertain.
  • Unfortunately his father died, leaving the family even worse off, so Charlie spent his childhood looking after his sick mother and his brother.
  • By his teens, Charlie had, through his humour, become one of the most popular child actors in England.
  • He could mime and act the fool doing ordinary everyday tasks.
  • No one was ever bored watching him -his subtle acting made everything entertaining.
  • As time went by, he began making films.
  • He grew more and more popular as his charming character, the little tramp, became known throughout the world.
  • The tramp, a poor, homeless man with a moustache, wore large trousers, worn-out shoes and a small round black hat.
  • He walked around stilly carrying a walking stick.
  • This character was a social failure but was loved for his optimism and determination to overcome all difficulties.
  • He was the underdog who was kind even when others were unkind to him.
  • How did the little tramp make a sad situation entertaining?
  • Here is an example from one of his most famous films, The Gold Rush.
  • It is the mid-nineteenth century and gold has just been discovered in California.
  • Like so many others, the little tramp and his friend have rushed there in search of gold, but without success.
  • Instead they are hiding in a small hut on the edge of a mountain during a snowstorm with nothing to eat.
  • They are so hungry that they try boiling a pair of leather shoes for their dinner.
  • Charlie first picks out the laces and eats them as if they were spaghetti.
  • Then he cuts off the leather top of the shoe as if it were the finest steak.
  • Finally he tries cutting and chewing the bottom of the shoe.
  • He eats each mouthful with great enjoyment.
  • The acting is so convincing that it makes you believe that it is one of the best meals he has ever tasted!
  • Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed and produced the films he starred in.
  • In 1972 he was given a special Oscar for his outstanding work in films.
  • He lived in England and the USA but spent his last years in Switzerland, where he was buried in 1977.
  • He is loved and remembered as a great actor who could inspire people with great confidence.
人教版高二英语必修4 Unit3 A taste of English humour听力Mp3
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人教版高二英语必修4 Unit3 A taste of English humour听力Mp3

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