Title

The Fabulous FOMA* of Twain and Vonnegut; *Harmless Untruths

Publication Year

1972

Keywords

Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, literature, harmless untruths, writing styles

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Technical and Professional Writing

Abstract

The following thesis is the result of an intensive investigation of the styles of Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The elements of humor, satire, and irony comprise the basic style of both men, and their unique use of these elements conveys the message of the novels. Although several secondary sources provided essential background in this study, the analysis of each work is entirely original. I chose seven works of Twain's which represented the scope of his style as it changed through his life. I chose five works of what I considered to be Vonnegut's best work.

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