Mark Twain's Writing Style Analytical Essay by thrite

Mark Twain's Writing Style
This paper discusses that Mark Twain's unabashed straightforwardness held a strong influence on his time and his clever use of literary tools allowed him to reach a tremendous audience during his lifetime and to this day.
# 60100 | 1,515 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jul 29, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that Mark Twain's use of sarcasm is his central characteristic; another literary trick of Twain's was his use of slang and regional dialect rather than use flowery language: Twain often wrote the way that people spoke. The author points out that Twain lived in a repressive Christian culture with Puritan roots; therefore, it is easy to see how Twain's no-holds-barred style of writing could offend people. The paper relates that Twain was an avid protester against anti-Semitism and anti-Indian sentiment; the greatest work a writer can do is to influence people and help create social change.

From the Paper:

"A similar essay of Twain's, "On the Decay of the Art of Lying," also deals with this idea of it being hard not to lie. This essay inspects the customary nature of lying in detail. In it, Twain points out that people that think that they never lie actually lie every day. He points out how when people ask "howdy-do" it is a lie because often people don't care how you do, unless they were undertakers. Anyone answering the "howdy-do" is lying as well because they make "no conscientious diagnosis of [their] case, but [answer] at random, and usually [miss] it considerably. Twain points out how often it is that one says, "I'm glad to see you," and thinks instead, "I wish you were with the cannibals and it was dinner time.""

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