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Humor, Race and Misunderstanding "Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious." Peter Ustinov In "On Being Crazy", DuBois defines crazy as behavior based on ridiculous perceptions. Both the narrator and wayfarer agree that the wayfarer walking in the sand and becoming muddy instead of walk along with a dirty nigger who is clean is mad. DuBois illustrates that society prefers to cut off its nose to spite its face rather than fixing nose. Twain builds a lot of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in the same manner. His commentary concerning the societal injustice is buried within the story's humor. Although it isn't easily available on the surface, if you are so inclined to seem, it is readily found. From the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain satirizes the idiocy and cruelty of society Generally. The language of this book, despite its accurate reflection of 19th century dialect, in and of itself is an example of misunderstanding. Nigger. Even though it has acquired added connotations in today's society, at base, it evokes an intense emotional and mental response. Even now, in print or in speech, the term nigger causes one to cringe. Today, nobody would tolerate being known as a nigger let alone called a nigger for their face. But, Jim and each other black, slave or free, suffered that insult daily since it was a part of the societal fabric. Even people with 'good intentions' utilized nigger for a utility word to desc...