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The Damned Human Race by Mark Twain- Summary
The Damned Human Race
Mark Twain Subject: The subject is the moral de-evolution of the human race. Occasion: Twain uses Darwin's theory of the evolution of man as a pretext to put forward his opposite theory. Audience: Twain speaks to the entire human race and/or the general public. Purpose: Twain wants to challenge the accepted view that humans are superior to animals and make people think about their collective behaviour. Speaker: Twain appears thoughtful and intelligent; he is also cynical and exhibits a keen sense of humour. He often uses witty writing and proposes a scientific point of view. Tone: He has a negative tone shown by words such as: damned, incurably foolish Gloomy: He makes it sound like the point of no return is approaching, says things like the descent of man from the higher animals Hostile: He attacks the subject harshly, "indecency, vulgarity, obscenity--these are all strictly confined to man." Sarcastic: The whole piece has a sarcastic tone-"seems to suggest that the earl was descended from the anaconda and ha lost a good deal in the transition." Organization/Narrative Style: It is organized as an argumentative essay. It starts with the main idea and backs it up with reasoning and evidence. It is written to be attention grabbing and dramatic. Evidence: Irony: Goes beyond what is needed to convey his point to the audience Hyperbole: All of the 'experiments' he conducts are exaggerated for effect, as are many of his statements. Metaphor: He makes opposite metaphors, comparing animals to the ideal view of man and men to the stereotypical animal.
An Analysis of Mark Twain's "The Damned Human Race"
From now on, whenever the damned human race drives me crazy, this the book I'll be reaching for.
These here Mark Twain scholars have put together a delightful collection of anecdotes, stories, wit, and wisdom from the pen of the man himself. No one else could have written this stuff. It's funny, irreverent, insightful, and cantankerous. Real fun.
Plus, they got Grover Gardner to read it, and ya' can't do better than that.