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Explain why you think Twain's "The Lowest Animal" is or isnt A)convincing and...

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kkaayylla | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 19, 2009 at 2:12 PM via web

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Explain why you think Twain's "The Lowest Animal" is or isnt A)convincing and B)funny.

Explain why you think Twain's "The Lowest Animal" is or isnt A)convincing and B)funny.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 18, 2010 at 6:16 AM (Answer #2)

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I think "The Lowest Animal" is both convincing and funny because of the absurd situations that Twain sets up throughout the story.  He wants to show that people treat each other in cruel ways so he upends thoughts that people have towards bad behavior.  How often have we heard someone say something like, "They behave just like animals!"  Twain shows us that, no, our behavior does not follow any sort of natural order in the way that animal instinct operates.  We are more cruel than even the cruelest animal. 

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