Effective message through dialect, regionalism, and humor in Mark Twain’s
Some writers use dialect, regionalism, and humor in their literary works to enhance their themes. Mark Twain’s ability to write in the vernacular allows him to capitalize on humor and dialect. In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the author conveys an effective message through dialect, regionalism, and humor in southern culture.
“No one in the early days of Clemens’ fame would have argued against the assertion that he emerged to prominence as a literary comedian, or as the phrase had it, ‘funny man’”(Blair 19). Mark Twain brought about a joy to a reader that no other could. In his own time he was known all over the world for his humor and other literary techniques. “In short, Mark Twain who emerges from this study is a man of letters practicing his art, a humorist who knows what he is doing and making the most of his materials”(Ferguson 243).
Twain first got his fame by being a literary comedian. But him being a southwestern humorist, his writing also flourished in the use of local color. Twain did not only contribute comedy to his writing but also an appreciation of what he had to offer (Blair 25). “Twain was known in California as the wild humorist of the Sage Brush Hills” (Encyclopedia Britannica 76). Twain was not only a comedian in his literary works, but also in his speaking and his way of looking at life. He [Twain] was known all over the world for his humor and his ability to bring humor into any situation. “Mark Twain, in short, was a personality that could not help but be a humorist, as a literary artist whose work was channeled by such currents, could not help but be an American humorist” (Blair 25). Humor plays a definite role in each of Twain’s works.
Mark Twain’s humor is definitely intentional and serves a definite purpose throughout the novel. American humor is found ...