Twains first advice to young readers is that they ought to obey their parents

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elaborate on some of the rhetoric strategies that Mart Twain used in his essay, “Advice to Youth”. Twain's first advice to young readers is that they ought to obey their parents. It is an ideal and paramount trait to have as a young person ( Twain, 2018) . Even so, obeying one’s parents is presumed to be a show of respect, regard, and adherence to family culture. However, Twain’s meaning has been twisted in the favor of the audience, that is, the young people. Twain stated that it is believed parents know more and better than their children; hence they presume to have authority and a say in one’s life. In this regard, Twain (2018) advised the audience that they ought to obey their parents because it will make their lives easier. The fact that he advised them
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Running head: ADVICE TO YOUTH 3 that if they didn’t do so, their parents would force them to in the long run. Hence, there was no alternative as per Twain (2018). This advice wouldn’t do well with parents as they would feel patronized. However, the message tends to relate well with the intended audience; which would then achieve the author’s objective. Even so, the message hints on why they should respect their parents; when they are present. It is a satirical device that hits out on absent parents. He doesn’t directly advise the young people to disobey absent parents; however, it challenges parents to be there for their children. In the same manner, the advice about telling lies also demonstrates how Twain made use of the rhetoric strategy. In this, it is expected that Twain would champion for honesty in the most conventional way. On the contrary, he advised the audience that they should only lie when
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