2. WarPrayer by Twain

2. WarPrayer by Twain - Mark Twain, The War Prayer (1904)...

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Mark Twain, “The War Prayer” (1904) Mark Twain was born with the name Samuel Clemens. He dropped out of school to become a professional typesetter for local newspapers, and eventually worked for his brother’s newspaper. Twain later left to travel and write about his observations that were published in his brother’s newspaper. Twain is best remembered as a satirist who used his sharp wit and humorous exaggeration to attack the false pride and arrogance he saw in humankind, just like in “The War Prayer.” With the Spanish-American and Philippine War, Twain’s rage was conveyed toward the American government. When he returned from traveling, Twain eagerly declared himself an anti-imperialist. From then on, he served as the vice president of the Anti-Imperialist League. Mark Twain, a strong anti-imperialist, wrote about his outrage of the American military intervention of the Philippines in the Spanish-American War. “The War Prayer” is a nasty and sarcastic accusation on American imperialism. The story begins with a very
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