Big Ghostfase and Huckleberry Finn
One of the rarest things in writing is a genuinely authentic-sounding conversational tone. There are many reasons for this - sometimes it’s not the most effective approach, sometimes it takes away from the purpose of the piece, etc. etc. But, in general, you don’t find too many pieces where the written words could just as well have been the transcription of a natural conversation or impromptu monologue simply because it’s hard to do.
But there are two writers - or, more specifically, a distinct persona of two writers - that I have in mind who have mastered this art. They come from entirely different time periods, entirely different situations, and speak on subject matter which is more than a little disparate. However, both have adopted a style of realism in their writing to create accurate social commentary and extremely entertaining prose: Mark Twain speaking through Huckleberry Finn and whoever Big Ghostfase really is speaking through Big Ghostfase.
The decontextualization of isolation of one sentence from either of these personas would be enough to make an English language purist tremble in appall. At least one run-on sentence, piece of “creative” (i.e. non-conventional) punctuation, misspelling, or arbitrary abbreviation is sure to weave its way into every paragraph when either Huck or Ghost is spinning a tale. It’s bound to happen. But, when the sentences are strung together, it makes for a beautiful and impactful sequence. Besides, even if it was grammatically sound, the writing is far from typical: there is enough provocatively blunt honesty on every page to get a publicist fired. Both writers walk a fine line here, but they do it tactfully and tastefully, despite both narrators proclaiming disregard for society’s opinions.
What makes these writers special, though, is not merely the content: I’m sure many comedians, television personalities, and even common-folk have parodied a Staten Island or Southern accent. However, Twain and Ghostfase do so with purpose. The purpose on the absolute surface, of course, is humor: any description of Mark Twain is sure to include the word “humorist,” and if you have made it through a Big Ghostfase review without at least a chuckle, you and I have far different senses of humor. But it’s deeper than that.
There is a distinct social commentary provoked by a probing for truth within both personas. With Huckleberry Finn, this overtone is obvious, as the whole theme of the novel named after Huck seems to be Huck finding his own moral compass by assessing society’s values; you have to look deeper into Ghost’s work to find something comparable, but a fresh perspective on his railings against the state of hip-hop and popular opinion should help you see the individualistic tendencies behind his writings. I think he wants you to see that, too; whether you’re conscious of it or not. I believe that both personas are adopted with the underlying role of teachers and educators - they are presented as common, relatable people, but serve to demonstrate a particular point of higher moral value.
When it comes down to it, regardless of the intention of either writer, I thoroughly enjoy both personas and draw lessons from them. And that’s what writing is all about, right?
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