John Kennedy Toole’s novel A Confederacy of Dunces is about as comedy as a book can get. It was published in 1980, 11 years after the unfortunate suicide of its author. However, despite the book’s tragic past, it provides itself as a fantastic read. One of the main contributors to the humor of the book is its main character, Ignatius Reilly. Ignatius is a big, fat, melodramatic, whiny, and all around terrible person. If I ever met him in real life, I would hate him. But yet somehow, inside the world of books, he’s one of the greatest main characters i have yet to come across. Ignatius is a highly educated man, which makes me, as the reader, laugh even harder when he constantly complains to his mother and needs her to cater to his every whim. He is almost the typical 30 year old deadbeat living in his mother’s house, but this particular deadbeat actually taught at a university for some time. He is so completely full complaints, judgement, and hot air that he makes you want to spit in his face and turn away. His education level, however makes every complaint and judgement come out almost as if it were a fact. What’s even better, though, is his imaginary health problems. Every time Ignatius is asked to do something that he would prefer not to do, his “valve” closes. He sometimes reminds me of a 6 year old little boy, who throws fits because he doesn’t want to do his chores, but he is a 6 year old boy who throws his fits while using words fit for a university professor’s vocabulary. This all makes Ignatius seem like a completely despicable character, (which he is), but some how he adds to the appeal of the novel.I think that Ignatius’s tantrums and complaints would make for a great comedic novel, but his educated and self-righteous air creates a huge juxtaposition, similar to that of say, “Strange Fruit.” In this case, though, instead of adding an eerie side of the story, Toole’s juxtaposition makes for an even funnier novel.