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    meaning of a sentence

    Dear teachers there are three things in this excerpt I cannot quite understand:

    "The appeal of unpleasantness is not necessarily lowbrow.
    In 2008, the New York Times had a discussion of Blasted—a
    very popular play, with sold-out performances and superb reviews.
    The article discussed a scene in which one man rapes another, and
    then sucks out his eyeballs and eats them. The audience for this
    play is older, sophisticated, and well-off; they are not hooting adolescent boys trying to out-macho one another".

    1) "The appeal of unpleasantness is not necessarily lowbrow" : I can't work out what this can mean.

    2) "older": is this comparative gramatically correct? "older" than whom? Should it not be "old"?

    3) Does "hooting" mean "rumorous/shouting"?

    Thank you in advance,

    G.

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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by giuly90 View Post
    Dear teachers there are three things in this excerpt I cannot quite understand:

    "The appeal of unpleasantness is not necessarily lowbrow.
    In 2008, the New York Times had a discussion of Blasted—a
    very popular play, with sold-out performances and superb reviews.
    The article discussed a scene in which one man rapes another, and
    then sucks out his eyeballs and eats them. The audience for this
    play is older, sophisticated, and well-off; they are not hooting adolescent boys trying to out-macho one another".

    1) "The appeal of unpleasantness is not necessarily lowbrow" : I can't work out what this can mean.
    Lowbrow - lower class, not artistically inclined, those who go to movies but not opera or the theatre.
    The author is suggesting that it is such people who would be expected to enjoy violence of this type, but has found that not to be the case.


    2) "older": is this comparative gramatically correct? "older" than whom? Should it not be "old"?
    "Older" simple means "older than younger people". In this case, you have to read forward. It's probably not a good sentence.

    3) Does "hooting" mean "rumorous/shouting"?
    Yes, general noisy carrying on and causing commotions that adolescent men, and increasingly more commonly, women, do.

    Thank you in advance,

    G.
    R.

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