Complete analysis of How to Tell a Story.
In this essay, Mark Twain shows how people desire to be at the center of attention by describing the pains people go to when telling the a story. He states that because people need to be the center of attention they will stretch the truth to get a better reaction from their audience. Twain goes through several scenarios of how people tell their stories, showing how they manipulate every detail to make it better and how they will repeat the punch line numerous times, to the point where it’s not funny anymore. His intention is for the people that make themselves look like idiots by telling these ridiculous stories to read this essay and finally realize how stupid they look. The tone of this piece is humorous and satirical in the way it pokes fun at the storytellers and their hunger to be the center of everyone’s attention. Twain addresses the questions “what motivates humans to behave the way they do, is truth absolute or relative, and does a person act alone or as an integral member of society?”
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