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The Invalid's Story

by Mark Twain

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What is the style of "The Invalid's Story"?

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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 they exhibit human qualities, a technique called personification

Foreshadowing: The story uses the foreshadowing technique, for example, when he is telling his story, Twain's narrator gives away both causes of the conflict, the guns and the cheese

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