BIOGRAPHY Richard Gary Brautigan(January 30, 1935 – ca.September 14, 1984) was a 20thcentury American novelist, poet,and short story writer. His work often employs blackcomedy, parody, and satire. He is best known for his 1967novel Trout Fishing in America.
BLACK COMEDYA black comedy, or dark comedy, is a comicwork that employs black humour or gallowshumor.The definition of black humor is problematic;it has been argued that it corresponds to theearlier concept of gallows humor.Black humour (from the French humournoir) is a term coined by Surrealisttheoretician André Breton in 1935, todesignate a sub-genre of comedy and satire inwhich laughter arises from cynicism andskepticism, often about the topic of death.
PARODYA parody (also called send-up, spoof orlampoon), in contemporary usage, is awork created to mock, comment on, ortrivialise an original work, its subject,author, style, or some other target, bymeans of humorous, satiric or ironicimitation.
SATIRESatire is primarily a literary genre or form,although in practice it can also be found inthe graphic and performing arts.In satire, vices, follies, abuses, andshortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideallywith the intent of shaming individuals, andsociety itself, into improvement.Although satire is usually meant to befunny, its greater purpose is oftenconstructive social criticism, using wit as aweapon.
CORPORALCorporal is as short story that takes theAMERICAN DREAM as its main theme.Brautigan is interested in — and oftenempathises with — the underdogs... those whohave not succeeded.The story is told through a young boy’s eyesas he collects paper to help with the war effort.The boy realises he will never be a General andgives up on his collecting.
CORPORAL Brautigan is a great user of metaphors:For example, what are the ranks ametaphor?He is playful in his use of language:Consider the multiple meanings of some ofhis words.He is capable of making us see things fromthe young boys point of view — but withan older person’s sensibilities.
CORPORALTASKHow does Brautigan use words and imageryto reveal his view of the American Dream inhis short story CORPORAL?ORHow effective is Richard Brautigan’slanguage in conveying the theme(s) of hisstory CORPORAL?