War’s where! Which war? The Twwinns

“Knock knock. War’s where! Which war? The Twwinns. Knock knock. Woos without! Without what? An apple. Knock knock.”

Trying to unpack this knock knock joke, which is actually two knock knock jokes… A knock knock joke should go: knock knock. Who’s there? (Answer). (Answer-who). Punch line.

These knock knock jokes go: knock knock. (Answer — from the one who should be asking the question.) (Answer who?– from the one who should be giving the answer and punchline). (Punchline.) Both jokes follow this form.

Another way you could look at it. The form goes, Knock, knock. (Who’s there, but transformed and punctuated as a statement or exclamation rather than as a question) (Answer, but stated as a question) (answer-who, elided) Punchline!

Notable: the answer and answer-who in each joke begin with ‘w’, maybe echoing the reduplicated ‘n’ and ‘k’ sounds of knock. Punchline one is “Twwinns.” The twins are of course warring characters in the book, Cain & Able types, the duplicate ‘w’s and ‘n’s further emphasizing twins and the jokes own ‘n’ and ‘w’ sounds. We can tease out the words ‘inns’ and ‘wins’ from ‘twwinns’ too, though I don’t know to what effect. The punchline to the second joke, ‘apple’, suggests Eve — who’s without an apple? Eve is. (I was thinking in terms of the fruit of the tree of good and evil; this page alerts me that an adam’s apple is meant.)

Knock-knock further suggests knocked up, which has meant to impregnate since no later than the early 19th century.  I think ‘woo’ is to be thought of as romantic wooing. Thus, the violence and hitting of war and of sex reflected in these two jokes.

Finally, rhetorically, there is a lot of chiasmus going on in these sentences, maybe two of them surrounded by a third?

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