A Sense Of Humor Essay

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Novelist and grocer Evan Kingston states that, “Humour is a tool, like characterization or dialogue, and its foolhardly for any writer to rise to the impossible task of communicating the unspeakable with less than all”. In literature to use humour in a narrative is often justified along the lines of a comedic structure. It is a genre that can be mixed and connected with more than one type of literary work. In Canadian literature, I have noticed that works, like King and Compton, often illustrate social issues regarding gender, oppression and multiculturalism. We normally sense the of rage and empathy that the author tries to convey but I find that humor can portray these themes in a way that can easily interest the reader. In literary works like Thomas King’s short story “Borders” and Wayde Compton’s poem “Where Heaven Lies”, these works prove that humour can project these social issues in a manner that is just as effective as anger can. Kingston also notes that humor in literature is not only a tool but it is also a sense. We can consider it as a “sense of humor”— where it engages in all the senses: making the story come to life by stimulating every input the reader has (Kingston). Humour has the ability to not only draw in and fascinate people, but it allows readers to have a relatable connection to the literary works. It parodies stereotypes and humor allows us to consider the idea of identity and freedom in these kinds of work. Kingston’s connection with humor as both a tool and a sense is exemplified in Compton’s poem and King’s short story plays with the readers senses and draws them into these works and thus makes it relatable.
Since humour in these literary works allows us to feel a sense of commonality, we feel that we can relate to the narrator through their tonality and description of the scenes. In King’s narrative, the child narrator reflects a general depiction of a child’s frustration of having to deal with his mother’s ‘protest’. For example, he states that, “It would have been easier if my mother had just said “Canadian” and been done with it, but I could see she wasn’t going to do that” (King 4). We have all been in a situation in which we are stuck with our parents who are discussing politics, economics, social issues or even some nonsensical story. The frustration that is associated with these conversations as a child depicts the fact that children are aware of what is happening but sometimes do not understand why adults act in a certain way. The child narrator demonstrates the idea that through his anguish it becomes relatable to us. In a way, humor takes real-life scenarios and reflects it back to the reader.
In contrast to this, Compton poem is relatable to us in a manner that describes to us historical references in a tone that the reader can understand. The voice in the poems notes that, “how anybody supposed to know what crazy shit white folks are capable of? Who’da thought they’d do something as out of...

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