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Unformatted text preview: Advice to Youth Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, gave a speech in 1882 entitles Advice to Youth, in which Twain utilizes rhetorical devices such as irony and role reversal to present societies ideals as immoral and extreme. Twain targets the youth of society in order to persuade them to defy their preceding generations expectation and values regarding incidents in daily life. Right of the bat Twain reverses the role of a parents and children to expose the popular fallacies present in society. He comments that most parents think they know better than you do, and you can make more by humoring that superstition than you can by acting on your own better judgment. With this reversal Twain is able to better convey the absurd idea that a child would know more than their aged, experienced parents, allowing him to initiate the questioning of societies logic. Twain often uses exaggeration to express his generations dissolute values. He comments that, If a person offend you do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch for your chance...
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