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Shweta Patro “Advice to Youth” (Mark Twain) Quiz Mrs. Morelli Due: 2/4/10 1. Satire is a style of writing that presents reality in a way that magnifies weaknesses. Further, it presents these imperfections as normal. There are many different kinds of satirical devices. A parody, for instance, copies and ridicules the manner or techniques that someone/a group of people uses. Twain uses parody in “Advice to Youth”, because he presents tainted advice in a didactic tone. His advice is tainted because it is essentially correct, but has a little flaw that gives it a naughty tone. For example, Twain asks youth to obey their parents, but then says that that they should only do this for convenience’ sake, to keep their parents happy. 2. Definitions: 1. Didactic means designed or intended to teach. Twain’s speech was, according to him, “didactic, instructive or something in the nature of good advice”. Twain used satire when he categorized his speech as “good advice”. 2. Beseechingly means imploring and begging urgently. Twain’s use of this word lends a pseudo-serious tone to his writing. He is jokingly imploring his young audience to listen to his bad advice. 3. A superstition is an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear. In his advice about parents, Twain says that parents believe in the superstition that “they know better than you do”. This is, in most cases, false, as parents have more experience than their children. 4. To offend is to cause resentment, difficulty, discomfort, or injury. Twain uses satire when he suggests throwing a brick at people who cause offense, a rather severe punishment for a minor insult. 5. A lark is a songbird, a harmless prank or playful adventure. Mark Twain playfully urges youth to get up early, with the larks, because larks can be trained to wake up late. 6. Temperate means marked by moderation. Twain does not ask youth not to lie at all, but instead tells them to lie in moderation until they are better at lying. 7.
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