Explain, with examples, how Thurber mocks the educational system in his short story "University Days."
In the beginning of "University Days," Thurber discusses his problems with botany class at Ohio State University. Thurber had trouble seeing through the microscope. (In real life, Thurber had poor eyesight). The professor is not helpful, choosing to berate the narrator (Thurber) rather than try to understand what the problem is. The narrator takes a deferral and retakes the class only to shift the lens so that it reflects his eye. The story satirizes the narrator's own confusion while mocking (and maybe even sympathizing with) the professor's frustration.
The narrator then describes his problems in economics. Having just come from botany, he'd get the two mixed up. The fact that he would get botany and economics mixed up is laughable. It is probably a combination of his own frustration and (perhaps more so) bad teachers.
In economics, the narrator presents an even more confused student, Bolenciecwcz, a tackle on the Ohio State Football Team. The narrator describes Bolenciecwcz's situation:
In order to be eligible to play it was necessary for him to keep up in his studies, a very difficult matter, for while he was not dumber than an ox he was not any smarter. Most of his professors were lenient and helped him along.
Subsequently, the professor asks Bolenciecwcz to name a mode of transportation. He can't. Therefore, the professor and some of the students make train noises; the kind you would make to get a toddler to say "train." This is comical and satirical so it's light-hearted, but it's also an overt...
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