Archive for March 25th, 2010

Analyzing Rhetoric: Mark Twain on Funerals

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

In this piece from An Unfinished Burlesque of Books on Ettiquette, Mark Twain pokes fun at the social norms surrounding a very serious subject. In a well-written essay, analyze Twain’s attitude toward his subject and how he creates humor in the piece.
Consider such elements as tone, diction, selection of detail, and use of the unexpected. […]