How Does Mark Twain Use Satire In The Damned Human Race

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In the essay “The Damned Human race” by Mark Twain, he is arguing his point that humans are not higher than the rest of the animal kingdom, but due to the behavior of man that animals are a great species. Twain uses satire throughout his essay in order to help him grab the read attention and hold onto it throughout the essay. Twain begins his comparison of humans to animals be describing human qualities to various animals throughout the animal kingdom. He then uses Ethos, Pathos and Logos to prove his point throughout the remainder of his essay. Twain defends his argument by making a clear distinction between animals and people, and then uses basic ethics, emotions, and logic of people to describe the clear dissimilarities between humans and animals. Twain’s use of satire in the beginning of the essay grabs the reader’s attention and his use through the entire essay guarantees that the reader is hooked throughout the essay. The essay is started by Twain stating, he did not “guess or speculate,” instead he used “the scientific method.” Twain is known for his fictional stories, and not for any type of scientific research. The fact that he stated …show more content…
He uses characteristics from each animal and describes why that animal, based off of their characteristics, are superior to humans. Twain describes the differences between humans and animals when he writes, “cats are loose in their morals, but no consciously so. Man, in his descent from the cat, has brought the cats looseness with him but has left the unconsciousness behind.” He compares the cat’s moral to humans, which are the same. What separates the cat from humans, is that that cat does not know the harm that his lack of morals has on the people around him. Humans have consciousness and are able to tell that his moral are wrong, and hurt people around them, yet people hurt each other on a daily