Twain Hyperbole

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Twain begins the essay by quoting a few critics, who praise the works of Cooper, as Thomas Lounsbury, Brander Matthews and Willkie Collins. Twain comments: “It seems to me that it was far from right for the Professor of English Literature in Yale, the Professor of English Literature in Columbia, and Willkie Collins to deliver opinions on Cooper’s literature without having read some of it. It would have been much more decorous to keep silent and let persons talk who have read Cooper”. Twain hints at Brander Matthews ironically, when he tells us that Cooper’s books “reveal an extraordinary fullness of invention”. Twain accepts Brander Matthews’s literary judgments and applauds his “lucid” and “graceful” phrasings; but he offers to take that particular…show more content…
The greatest example of hyperbole is seen at the end of the essay. Twain implements his final “experiments”, saying that man is fatally stupid and simple-minded. He put a diversity of animals in a cage and in the long run, the animals got along, even became warmhearted toward each other. Thereupon, Twain says that he put many men from all various religions in a cage and after two days there was “...but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh - not a specimen left alive”. This instance is as utmost as hyperbole gets. Twain indicates the savagery of man in an example of an Earl who hunts buffalo for food and a snake that eats a calf for food. He elucidates that the Earl kills 72 animals when only needing one for food while the anaconda kills just one calf for food. Furthermore, Twain elucidates that when Humans keep prisoners, the prisoners are dreadfully tantalized. Twain goes ahead to point numerous horrible examples of ill-treatment, torture throughout history. Twain also indicates how humans are the only animals who subjugate and plunder his fellow human and completely destroys his own
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