The Damned Human Race By Mark Twain

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“And so I find that we have descended and degenerated, from some far ancestor, insect by insect, animal by animal...below us, nothing” (Twain, 4). In Mark Twain’s, The Damned Human Race the purpose is to change the readers mind from the Darwinian theory that man is ascended from lower animals to his own theory that man is in fact a descended from higher animals. Although his argument is successful on some levels, it is weak on others. The diction of which he uses is informal, he uses stereotypes and broad generalizations and he loses his credibility when his “experiments” are realized to be metaphors. Although this essay makes the reader think, there are some fallacies that make it questionable. In Mark Twain’s The Damned Human Race, his argument for the descent of man from a higher animal is successful despite his use of satire diction, sweeping generalization and his loss of ethos with the audience.
In The Damned Human Race, the reader is immediately draw in by the satire diction of which Mark Twain uses, although this is good in some cases, in others, it does create a doubt in the reader’s mind about the “science” behind these “experiments” that Twain claims to have conducted. The use of satire diction is stained with irony and sarcasm, although this leads to an interesting read it doesn’t necessarily lead to a strong scientific essay. With that said most satire essays have a bias tone and The Damned Human Race in no exception. Twain uses emotion and strong claims in
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