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THe War prayer

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Transcript of THe War prayer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Symbol
The aged stranger = a war veteran, dead or alive?
"I come from the Throne"

The unspoken prayer = the harm to be done to whatever country, as well as symbolizing all the destruction and terror brought on by war
Setting
Although it is never confirmed I believe this story takes place sometime during the civil war. (The last war fought before his death with "sabers") The significance of this would be that individuals were not able to witness the harsh realities of war the way that we do in the current day and age.
Tone
"tear their soldiers to bloody shreds"

"cover their smiling fields with pale forms of their patriot dead"

"drown the thunder of their guns with the shrieks of their wounded"

"wring the hearts of their unoffending widows"

The second part of the prayer demonstrates a tone of pain and suffering...how cruel war actually is.
Criticism
- Very little to be found on the war prayer

- Would like to search more in depth because most general criticism of Twain comes from his two main books and primarily deal with his use of racial stereotypes
Theme
One does not know the true reality of war unless experienced first hand.

or

It is easy for one to wish for an outcome when they aren't on the receiving end of the hardship.


the war prayer by mark twain
Matt Wojciechowski

- 1835 - 1910
- Born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens
- Found a passion for writing as the editorial assistance for his brothers newspaper at the age of fifteen
- "Mark twain" = safe to navigate, in river pilot lingo, got this nickname while working in St. Louis
- "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
Martin, Wendy.
The Art of the Short Story.
Boston:

Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006. Print

Twain, Mark. "The War Prayer." Martin 379-381 Print
What do you all think could be another possible theme?

What do you make of the last line of the short story?
"It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said."
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