Humour as an Effective Literary Device in Amu Djoleto’s The Strange Man

Emmanuel Ikechukwu Asika, Roselyn Eboh-Nzekwue


Literature is an avenue through which writers satirize and try to change their various societies for the betterment of mankind. It has become a formidable agent of change and reformation, a mirror with which our lives are reflected and corrections made all geared towards a harmonized and beautiful future.  Techniques on the other hand, are tools which writers harness to project and pass the message of their works in any chosen dimension and style across to their readers. Humour is one of such techniques manipulated by writers to achieve varying effective purposes in their literary works. Humour entails the quality of a story, action or performance to elicit amusement and laughter. The use of humour has become an effective device which several writers manipulate to achieve a desired aim of writing. Humour which is often in the form of laughter is weaved in between stories by some writers, making their stories comical and ridiculous in one aspect but yet serious with vital and crucial subject matter on the other. The use of humour has become an important technique and style of writing worthy of serious discourse. This paper examined the use of humour as an effective literary device in Amu Djoleto’s The Strange Man. The study discovered that humour was part of the ingredients harnessed by the writer to tell his story in peculiar ways and achieve a desired pattern of structure and plot of the story. How the writer harnessed and manipulated the device of humour in shaping the story and how it played a vital role as a crucial technique that made the novel appealing, interesting and entertaining is the crux of the study.


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