Satire cannot hide its rage, or its hopelessness, and as a result there is very little room for the pleasant relief of laughter. 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.
And thus figure out a way to help students talk about it. It is exhausting and no fun at all.
There is nothing noble in the bloodshed, nothing forward looking about continued intransigence. Within the overall umbrella of my courses on American Humor, satire demands its space, and rightfully so.
I just know that as I read this, I wanted an outlet, some peek from behind the curtain from the jester. Sacrificing just one of your ideals would at this point be tantamount to compete and utter failure.
But I have my doubts when it comes to exploring satire. Rocks must be met with bullets; bullets must be met with rocket fire; rocket fire must be met with helicopter assaults.
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. 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.
The article ends concisely and with a key repetition: Students will always study it because they will always understand its targets.
This is the nature of the art form. Embracing the Ambiguity of Satire. 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.
Laughter keeps students awake more effectively than most things. 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. And never give up your noble fight, even if it takes several more generations.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.
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.
外 英 语 Mark Twain's Humorous Satire in Running for Governor 田倩 （宁夏大学 外国语学院， 宁夏 银川 ） Abstract: Mark Twain, a mastermind of humor and realism, is seen as a giant in world literature. 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. The War Prayer," a short story or prose poem by Mark Twain, is a scathing indictment of war, and particularly of blind patriotic and religious fervor as motivations for war.
The structure of the work is simple: An unnamed country goes to war, and patriotic citizens attend a church service for soldiers who have been called up.Download