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The War Prayer Analysis

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“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 townspeople are praying without concealing the truth. Clemens uses the old man to identify his purpose of the narrative, ignorance to war.
In the opening paragraph, Clemens describes our country in the mist of war and the patriotism was flowing
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How has the town done this? By placing the”young patriots as idols of their hearts” Clemens uses this obvious piece of irony as a statement in his satirical narrative. Its ironic that the church is allowing and encouraging the town to idolize the soldiers in their hearts even though the bible clearly states not to do so. The old man then repeats the same prayer that the congregation just prayed but with blunt detail. “Blast their hopes” he says “blight their
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