Homework Help

Using evidence from the text "Advice to Youth" imagine both the circumstances and the...

user profile pic

bhambo | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted February 28, 2010 at 11:45 AM via web

dislike 1 like

Using evidence from the text "Advice to Youth" imagine both the circumstances and the audience.

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

It is hard to imagine this actually being given as a speech, even though Twain certainly writes it as if it were one.

If you are talking about the imaginary audience for this, I would say that Twain is pretending that he is addressing a crowd of college students.  The reason I say that it is addressed to that level of person is that Twain uses a lot of big words that would likely be over the heads of a younger group.  I suppose it could be a high school graduation, though, because not so many people went to college back when Twain was writing.

So, I guess I would say that it is a graduation speech aimed at a high school audience or maybe a "welcome to college" speech.

I don't think it is a college graduation speech because it is too late for them to learn to lie and such -- this is advice that is best given to people who are still in their formative years.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes