The humorous story is American. The comic story is English. The witty story is French.
Twain says that of all the types of stories that are out there, the humorous story is the only difficult kind of story to tell. There are several kinds of stories, but only one difficult kind—the humorous. Next, Twain mentions that humorous stories are American, while comic stories are English, and witty The very first difference between a humorous story and a comic story that Twain mentions is the difficulty difference between the two stories.
Next, Twain mentions that humorous stories are American, while comic stories are English, and witty stories are French. Immediately following that statement, Twain tells his readers that humorous stories depend on how they are told, but comic and witty stories depend on the subject matter of the story.
The next difference is a possible difference in length. Twain mandates that comic stories are short; however, humorous stories can be of many different lengths.
A humorous story can even be long. The humorous story may be spun out to great length, and may wander around as much as it pleases, and arrive nowhere in particular; but the comic and witty stories must be brief and end with a point.
Probably my favorite difference is the "work of art" difference. Twain says that humorous stories are works of art. This is a huge compliment to the Americans since the humorous story is American. Next, he insults the British and French types of funny stories by saying that they are not art and "anybody can do it.The Project Gutenberg EBook of How Tell a Story and Others by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
“How to tell a story”, is a very interesting essay in which Mark Twain, reveals that the differences between the humorous story and the comic or witty story lie primarily in the techniques used by their tellers.
How To Tell A Story an essay on humorous storytelling, by Mark Twain. This essay, written by the American author and humorist in , gives step-by-step instructions in telling the classic 'jump story' from folk tradition called The Golden Arm, whose variants are just as popular today. The 10 Wittiest Essays By Mark Twain.
Marcelina Morfin. Updated: 14 December Twain explores this in the witty essay How to Tell a Story. In ‘How to Tell a Story,’ Twain discusses the humorous story, which he says is the ‘one difficult kind’ and purely American.
The humorous story, as Twain points out, ‘is told gravely. How to Tell a Story and Other Essays by Mark Twain is a short, quirky, and informative book about the mechanics of comedy and humorous storytelling. Twain was one of the masters at writing humorous stories, and in his book he expresses a view on differences between humor and comedy/5.
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