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What is the tone of "How I got Smart" by Steve Brody? (the link below has it)...

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lol1234 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted February 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM via web

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What is the tone of "How I got Smart" by Steve Brody? (the link below has it)



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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM (Answer #1)

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The tone of the personal essay, "How I Got Smart" by Steve Brody, is one of genial good humour. He is looking back on his younger self with some degree of nostalgia and indulgence. While he is making fun of his own memorization of the encyclopedia, it is more fond teasing than sarcasm. One feels that the tone is directed at his students, who like his younger self, are still somewhat innocent, and have not yet begun to understand the lure of knowledge. Although he ultimately suggests that knowledge of the sort found in the encyclopedia, and his motives for learning it, were both a bit silly, that start led him to real knowledge in his later years and a desire to share the excitement of learning with his students.


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