A Curious Dream by Mark Twain

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A Curious Dream by Mark Twain
The aim of the following paper is to analyze a story by Mark Twain called A Curious Dream. We propose in this paper firstly, to analyze characters, theme and point of view; secondly, the author’s style and thirdly, the author’s beliefs. Firstly, Characters
The main participants in the story are: the author and John Baxter Copmanhurst (the skeleton). The author in the story is the narrator presented with the subject pronoun “I”; he is the one who describes and comments a singular dream he had. At the beginning of the story, the narrator is surprised, horrified and pitying when he is brought face to face with a skeleton but at the end he is interested and filled with sympathy for the dead and gives his
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For instance, in the story this is proved in the following quotes: “We are all leaving. We cannot tolerate the treatment we are receiving at the hands of our descendants. They open new cemeteries, but they leave us to our ignominy. They mend the streets, but they never mend anything that is about us or belongs to us…”,” The community that can stand such graveyards as those we are emigrating from can stand anything a body can say about the neglected and forsaken dead that lie in them…”
Point of view
The story presents three different points of view which are: the first person point of view. This is pointed out when the author makes use of the subject pronoun “I” as illustrates as follow: “Night before last I had a singular dream…”,”Presently up the street I heard a bony clack-clacking…” , “I may say I was surprised…” The omniscient point of view; it is used when the narrator know everything about the characters. For instance, “he had two-thirds of a coffin in his shoulders…”, “he put his left foot up on his knee and fell to scratching his anklebone…” and finally the objective point of view in which the narrator reports what the character felt, said or thought. For example: and then rounded to and backed up to me, saying: “Ease this down for a fellow, will you?”, “it’s too bad, it’s too bad,” said

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