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									Mark Twain
    Satire
   Mark Twain
Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in
Missouri, 1835
When he was four, moved within the
state to Hannibal, MO a Mississippi
River town
 Became the setting of Tom Sawyer!
Father died when Mark/Sam was 12
Worked for a newspaper his older
brother started to help support
family
   Mark Twain
At 18 he left and worked as a printer
in various towns
Loved steamboats and became a
steamboat pilot’s apprentice
“Mark twain” was yelled on the boat
when the water’s depth was 12 ft or 2
fathoms
Became his pen name
   Mark Twain
During the Civil War, was a soldier
with a company of Confederate
irregulars
Left quickly to become a gold
prospector in Nevada
Discovered his storytelling ability
Worked as a journalist and became a
published writer
   Mark Twain
Married Olivia Langdon in 1870
Next year, moved to Hartford, CT
and built an enormous house
Published Roughing It (experience
from West)
Life on the Mississippi - days
about a riverboat pilot
   Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer (1876)
Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn (1884)
Caused a revolution in
American lit using Huck’s slang
    Mark Twain
Lost a lot of money during the economic
panic of 1893
Eldest daughter (Susy) died of
meningitis (1896)
     Wife died in 1904
Youngest daughter (Jean) died during
an epileptic seizure in 1909
He passed away 4 months later
       Satire

The use of humor, irony,
exaggeration, or ridicule to
expose and criticize people’s
stupidity or vices
              Satire
Exaggeration - to enlarge or
increase something so it
becomes ridiculous and its
faults can be seen
 Caricature
 Political cartoons
       Satire
Parody - imitate the style of
a person, place, or thing in
order to ridicule the original
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SNL
   Satire is
 EVERYWHERE
“The Colbert    YouTube
Report”         “Shrek”
The Onion       “A Modest
“Scary Movie”   Proposal”
“South Park”    Weird Al
“The            Yankovic
Simpsons”
           Irony
•   Use of words to convey an
    opposite meaning of the
    literal one
•   Verbal Irony – difference
    between what is said and
    what is meant
       “The Lowest
         Animal”
•   Twain satirizes human
    nature by comparing humans
    to animals. Ends up proving
    that humans are the “lower”
    animals because of our
    actions.
  “The Lowest
    Animal”
What’s the point of the essay?
What are some types of human
behavior Twain uses as
examples to show we are
inferior?
Is he completely valid in his
claims?
      “The Lowest
•
          Animal”
    Why do you think Twain used
    humor?
•   Were you able to pick up on
    any irony?
•   How does he explain the
    animals actions while living
    without religion?

								
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