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By Harry Collis

ISBN-10: 0844256064

ISBN-13: 9780844256061

Funny riddles with comedian illustrations aid ESL scholars achieve new insights into American language and tradition. each one riddle is observed through textual content that is helping scholars seize and grasp the underlying linguistic and cultural explanation why the funny story is humorous.

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The Judge resembles Boehme’s Devil because he embodies “something inimical” (125) and has a design that is committed to dividing humanity. The Judge likewise propounds a belief that “[f]ierceness is [humanity’s] strength and might, and enmity their will and life” (Boehme Six 93). After Glanton’s gang disintegrates, the Judge preaches to the kid in the San Diego prison that “What joins men together . . is not the sharing of bread but the sharing of enemies” (319); in other words, violence provides the tie that binds humans, and not humane fellowship.

To its final endarkenment as if he’d ordered it all ages since,” as if he were the architect of the universe he inhabits. In Glanton’s fantasy, the bad influence of the Judge’s philosophy of the strong upon Glanton’s character is apparent. Glanton’s tragedy is paradigmatic of the downfall of the other scalp-hunters. Thinking himself quasi-divine in his domineering treatment of the world, Glanton instead behaves like one of Boehme’s animal-men with a bestial mind. Glanton’s crude last words and his undignified death at the hands of a Yuma chieftain disclose the depths to which Glanton has degenerated: “Hack away you mean red nigger, he said, and the old man raised the axe and split the head of John Joel Glanton to the thrapple” (286).

There are many examples. After the Nacori brawl, the gang “turned and rode out” while one of their number, the knifed Grimley, is abandoned and “sat slumped sideways” (188). Recruits are enlisted as readily and remorselessly as gang members such as Grannyrat and Sloat die; as easily, in fact, as the Judge’s tailors splice, replevin, and gusset his gigantic suits and hats. The gang’s slaughtered Mexican Miguel“McGill” ends up as just one more negotiable receipt: “The dead Mexican McGill had been scalped” (165).

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