Analyzing Rhetoric: Mark Twain on Funerals

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. [Emphasis is mine.]

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