Newfoundland culture is portrayed as both unique and isolated in E. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News. Very disturbing occurances are prevalent and shown as everyday "normal" activites. They are even sometimes exhibited as gossip spectacles to be laughed at in "The Gammy Bird". On the other hand, the Newfoundlanders themself find humor in themselves and in their own discrimination and even dislike of outsiders -- anyone who was not born and raised on the island, as you will see in the link below.

We as readers have noticed that there are both light and dark sides of the humor presented in the novel, The Shipping News. Whether or not this is a direct representation of Newfoundland culture, our comments remain aimed at the characters and events within the text we have experienced.

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dark v. light visions of humor