In the passage The War Prayer by Mark Twain he tells a satirical story in which a mysterious man comes before a crowd of ignorant mass. Through this story and his setting he satirizes human logic when it comes to war and our tendency to not think our decisions through ; especially patriotic thoughts of war and glory. Twain satirically writes of the unseen and unthought-of horrors with a mock diction, excessive hyperbole and vivid imagery. At first glance it seems Twain seeks to write of glory and honor as he describes the ideal patriotic scene with “Drums Beating” “Toy Pistols Popping” and describing how “the war in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism”. But there is something amiss, something much darker he seeks to slowly uncover as Twain says “Firecrackers hissing and spluttering” symbolizing a dangerous animal hissing in alarm then as he moves on to say “Wilderness of flags in the sun” he hints how animalistic and dangerous the idea of patriotism could become because it could not be tamed. Twain describes the cheering as “cyclones” of applause which is ironic because cyclones have to do with destruction, death and usually disasters. Because “Cyclones” of applause are usually given after patriotic speeches this symbolizes how death, destruction and despair normally follow through even though in a patriotic speech, even though it is never mentioned; this also serves to effectively mock patriotic scenes. As Twain moves through the story a mysterious man from god appears and begins a set of appeals that are filled with hyperbole and also somewhat logical forcing the reader to think twice about unsaid prayers. He claims “God has asked him” to tell the people of their unheard prayers. Twain advances his logic to his audience by having the man say that there are two sides to every story and there is a dark side to their light prayers. Anyone can go up and disguise the morbid atmosphere and death-filled gory scenes of war with patriotic flags and
“The War Prayer” Analysis
“The War Prayer” by Samuel L. Clemens, is his attempt to force the public to realize the implicit outcome of praying for victory in war, which inevitably is death. His use of irony and hyperbole is evident in this clever narrative. The passage satirically describes how a very religious town comes together during a time of war to pray for the downfall of the enemy and the triumph of their men. An old man then comes into the church and prays the same exact prayer that the….
text] [Type text] [Type text]
Written Comm III
15 September 2014
The War Prayer Essay
The short story "The War Prayer" was written by Mark Twain but not published until after his death in 1923 as it could be considered sacrilegious and could have been detrimental to his writing career. The narrator's unspoken thoughts reveal his view on war, and possibly Christianity itself. Any Christian wanting to grow in their faith should read this short story as it….
depending on the person’s perspective, the period in history, or simply how a person was raised. Within Howells’s “Editha” and Twain’s “The War Prayer” one can find contrasting examples to illustrate the multiple perspectives of patriotism.
To begin with, Twain describes our country’s attitude towards the war throughout his short story, “The War Prayer.” He starts by describing the scene of a patriotic parade. He writes, “The drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the….
Kaitlin Agnew Roche1
December 9, 2012
The War Prayer is an inquiry into the hypocrisy and ignorance of human logic during a time of war. Mark Twain portrays his oppositional stance on war in “The War Prayer” through the use of satire and rhetoric. Twain’s use of irony throughout the piece highlights his overall attitude about war.
In the opening paragraph, Twain uses imagery and characterization to set the initial tone of the piece. The beginning of the paragraph embarks….
In Mark Twain's, The War Prayer, readers are exposed to an overlooked point of view about war, that some believed to be unpatriotic or only for the weak of heart. Mark Twain depicts the patriotic majority as a group of men and women, who encourage the “stern advance, the gathering momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, [and] the surrender” (322). In his descriptions, Twain elicits feelings of pride, patriotism….
passionate; it was quiet.
Before this mysterious figure delivers his speech, the church people are praying for the safety of their soldiers and the defeat of their war opponent. This is an ironic situation, because in Christianity (and many other religions), murder is a sin and the people in church are asking God for everything he’s against: war and destruction of humanity. Also, even though the identity of this man isn’t exactly confirmed, he introduces himself as God’s messenger who is supposed to have….
wrote The War Prayer in response to the opposition to the Philippine-American War. Twain was a staunch anti-war and anti-imperialist supporter. To take a stance as such at this time in history was considered unpatriotic and in view of most Americans an act of treason. Not many Americans tolerated unpatriotic views during this time. Twain communicates that patriotism and religion are no justifications for war. Twain also felt contempt for people who blindly supported patriotism and war, without….
Twain in the short story “The War Prayer”(1905), strives to get the readers to understand why war is unethical no matter the reason but gives both sides of the story so the readers are able to have different opinions on this topic. An example that Twain gives is “God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest! Thunders thy clarion and lightning thy sword!”. This explains that how biblical Reference to the end old testament in the bible and ties all back to the thesis for war being unethical. Twain brings….
My fellow Americans, we stand today on the brink of war, grieving both for ourselves and for the people in Afghanistan, who have been hurt longer than we have. Ten days ago, the World Trade Center was attacked by a group of extremists based in Afghanistan. Since then, we have shown the strength of our people, who have intercepted the aims of the terrorists to prevent visions of democracy and self-government on which this country stands.
Yet while our principles continue, unscarred and secure….
Alexie’s tone throughout the story impacts the reader’s perception of it. Throughout the text, there are many corrupt incidences told that ends with laughter. For example, there was one situation in which a Maori soldier had lost both of his legs but he tries to humor his condition by joking that his legs had ran away in heaven. Jackson’s grandmother then proceeds to be witty back and tell the soldier that “you have got to get your arms strong... so you can run on your hands” (Alexie 4). Another….