Advice To Youth

Twain, Mark. “Advice to Youth.” The New York Times Company, n, d. Web. 13, Mar. 2011.

 Mark Twain, famed author from the 19th century, delivered a speech called “Advice to Youth,” where, instead of giving repetitive advice, he shared with his public a series of out-of-the-ordinary recommendations. His advices included things like one should always respect their parents, but only when they are present, that lying is a “gracious and beautiful art” that one should learn to master and that there is nothing more dangerous than a minor with a fire gun, thinking it´s unloaded. Twains advice is remarkable because he is speaking from a different perspective. Instead of being an adult that gives “correct” advice, he suggest things that are out of the ordinary, and implies that life is not only about following the rules and doing what is expected or correct. What makes this speech worthy is not the advice, but the ways he presents it, using humor and mocking people and situations. For example, with the advice on obeying parents he mocks their authority, and with the advice on how to react when offended, he criticizes and makes fun of the people that respond with violence. 


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