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The Invalid's Story

“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 invalid...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2014, 3:16 am (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

Most of the humor contributed by the language is contained in the dialect of the expresssman, who is described by the narrator as "a plain man of fifty, with a simple, honest, good-natured face,...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2014, 10:14 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2014, 2:32 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

"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...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2014, 10:46 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

Dramatic Irony is a form of irony which emerges when the audience knows information which the characters are not privy to. Mark Twain's "The Invalid's Tale" makes effective use of dramatic irony....

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019, 5:12 am (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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....

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015, 11:22 am (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2007, 9:34 am (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

Conflict in literature typically refers to a struggle experienced by the main character. In “The Invalid’s Story” by Mark Twain, the surface-level conflict is man vs. self. The narrator in Twain’s...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2017, 2:56 am (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

In this comedy of errors, nothing is ever quite what it seems. The narrator thinks he's escorting his friend's coffin back to his parents' house is Wisconsin. In actual fact, due to a mix-up at the...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018, 8:02 am (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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 continue...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015, 12:25 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

In "The Invalid's Story," the narrator and the expressman, Thompson, believe they are smelling the stench of a decaying corpse in its coffin. The narrator's friend, John B. Hackett, had died the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019, 9:07 am (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2007, 10:05 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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 they...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2007, 11:56 am (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2014, 8:45 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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 how this...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015, 12:44 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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 by...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2013, 12:17 am (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

In this humorous story, the narrator finds out during a "driving" snowstorm in his hometown of Cleveland that his friend, John B. Hackett, has died. He is asked to accompany the coffin holding the...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019, 1:19 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

All fiction writers try to make the reader feel that he is present in the setting and experiencing what one or more characters--usually the viewpoint character--is experiencing. The best fiction...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2014, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

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...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2014, 7:06 pm (UTC)

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The Invalid's Story

"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...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2008, 11:06 pm (UTC)

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