There is nothing noble in the bloodshed, nothing forward looking about continued intransigence. Laughter keeps students awake more effectively than most things. This is the nature of the art form. I just know that as I read this, I wanted an outlet, some peek from behind the curtain from the jester.
Satire cannot hide its rage, or its hopelessness, and as a result there is very little room for the pleasant relief of laughter. Building on this sardonic tone, the satire gets heavier and heavier, and the reader wants relief while at the same time knowing that none is forthcoming.
Sacrificing just one of your ideals would at this point be tantamount to compete and utter failure.
I am open to suggestions. And thus figure out a way to help students talk about it. The article ends concisely and with a key repetition: But I have my doubts when it comes to exploring satire.
Embracing the Ambiguity of Satire. The secondary target of the piece, though, may also be the ever-present demands from the international community to urge the parties to sue for peace. Students will always study it because they will always understand its targets.
This is the only noble way forward for either side. It is exhausting and no fun at all. The suffering underlying much of humor in general stands foregrounded in satire. But it is not there because there is no peace ready to peek out from behind any curtains either.
If a settlement is attacked, you must rebuild it. If we are to teach such aggressive and unnerving satire, we must be ready to accept the full brunt of the hopelessness the piece addresses.
Within the overall umbrella of my courses on American Humor, satire demands its space, and rightfully so. And never give up your noble fight, even if it takes several more generations. Rocks must be met with bullets; bullets must be met with rocket fire; rocket fire must be met with helicopter assaults.
The promise of relief or diversion from the cultural and personal stresses implicit in all humor and explicit in much of itto my mind, not only makes for more pleasant classroom discussions but also helps to make those discussions more productive.Twain reveals the brutality of imperialism in The War Prayer through effective use of irony, purposeful word choice, and a powerful final sentence.
The War Prayer uses irony to convey Twain’s theme, as it takes place in a church. Members of a town gather every Sunday at church to pray for their soldiers. The War Prayer, by Mark Twain, is a piece on war. It shows the glory of going into battle, and the importance of patriotism.
The piece describes how a country has to pull together to become an army of one, and how no matter what your thoughts are on the war, you still must stand by your fellow men. Excerpt from Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination.
The War Prayer has been frequently reprinted to satirize times of war, such as during the invasion of Iraq. Lesson Summary Mark Twain became a beloved American humorist through books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I have just read what I consider to be one of the most engaging pieces of satire on political and cultural intransigence that I have encountered since first reading Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer,” a work by the American master that is perfect both in its conciseness and its artistic vision.
Grab a copy of The War Prayer for some of the most wrily intelligent critique of humanity’s greatest transgression as Mark Twain pokes at it with tenfold the eloquence and wit of today’s political satirists.Download