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Justify Mark Twain as a humorist in the context of this novel?

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wishme | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 31, 2007 at 2:18 AM via web

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Justify Mark Twain as a humorist in the context of this novel?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 31, 2007 at 2:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Hmm. What is the question? Is the question "How would I justify Twain as a humorist in the context of Tom Sawyer?"

If so, I'd say that several elements of the book justify Twain's reputation as a humorist:
-his ironic tone
-his observations of childhood activities, which blend affection with cynicism
-his control of dramatic structure
-his awareness of how people actually speak
-his descriptions.
(The first can be seen from the preface on; the last three are visible in the opening lines of Chapter 1.)
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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 26, 2009 at 10:47 PM (Answer #2)

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  • his cyanotic nature
  • his satiric content
  • his witty descriptions of everyday things
  • some irony in his writing
  • his funny remarks on people's behavior or nature

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