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    “An Invalid’s Story” by Mark Twain is absolutely hilarious and a testament to how olfactory images can truly color a piece of literature. The narrator begins by telling us that he is the...

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    The answer to your question is fairly simple. More humor is achieved due to personification. Personification of a thing, in this case the dead body (the smell of which we know is actually the...

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    Due to Mark Twain’s expert use of humor in “An Invalid’s Story,” even your question made me laugh. Why? The antagonist in the story is the limburger cheese. Let us review the plot and see...

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    The use of olfactory images in “An Invalid’s Story” by Mark Twain is precisely what makes this work of literature so hilarious. The olfactory images begin with the limburger cheese and...

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    The main conflict in Mark Twain's humorous story is the struggle of the minds of the two men--human minds that Twain was known to have believed dangerous objects--to deal with a horrendous odor....

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    Mark Twain, of course, was something of a satirist, in addition to being a gifted teller of stories with keen insights into the environments in which he lived and in which his stories take place....

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    Mark Twain is making a comedy out of what should be a sad occasion. The narrator is accompanying his best friend's corpse to Wisconsin to be buried. Through a combination of mixups, the corpse is...

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    The narrator did not have a private room aboard the train. He was traveling in the baggage car with a big box which he presumed to contain the body of his best friend John B. Hackett. According to...

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    I hadn't even heard of this story until I encountered it in e-Notes. I found it interesting. That is, it held my attention to the end. But I can't say that I found it "entertaining." It seems...

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    An allusion is a reference to another work or historical event. There is an allusion in the story to the Christian hymn “In the Sweet By and By” as the narrator hears the hymn. In the sweet...

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    "An Invalid's Story" seems old-fashioned now, but it was undoubtedly considered very funny when Mark Twain wrote it. Americans were simpler in those days. Most of them lived on farms or in small...

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    The main conflict is that the two men can't stand the smell inside the freight car but can't stand the cold outside either. The narrator states that it is wintertime and that he left his home in...

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    "The Invalid's Story" was written by Mark Twain in the late 1800s or the nineteenth century. It is estimated that Twain wrote the story sometime in the 1870s. The story takes place in...

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    The narrator of Twain's tale believes that the box he is transporting contains the body of an old friend that he is excorting home. What he does not know is the the box containing the body was...

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    The narrator of "The Invalid's Story" and Thompson believe that there is a dead body in the box on the train. It is actually a box of guns, but since it is a long box, it does look like...

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    Twain uses dramatic irony to create humor in his story. The reader knows that a bag of cheese was left on the box, but the two men in the train car do not. Their confusion about the smell is...

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    This is a humorous story that deals with both mortality and human ingenuity - and how that ingenuity can get in the way. Twain was known for his belief that the human brain could be a dangerous...

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    Twain is telling a story about three different things: 1) the inevitability of death (all humans will die), 2) the fear of the average human regarding his own death, and 3) the power of the...

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    There are many conflicts, and many types of conflict, in this story (if you define "conflict" as any sort of clash or disagreement). The first is between the stories told—how old is the...

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    Some style points in the story are: Humor: the story is amusing and written in a subtle but funny way Personification: The men refer to two inanimate objects—the gunbox and the cheese—as if...

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