How Does Mark Twain Use Satire In Advice To Youth

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Mark Twain's "Advice to Youth," with its embedded satire and lessons, leaves one pondering it. Originally, it was expected to be targeted at the youth, but eventually it was directed at both the youth and the adults. Mark Twain advised, "Always obey your parents when they are present; it’s the best policy; if not, they will make you," which suggests that the children are not doing things out of willingness or genuine concern but are forced to, and this takes away from the uniqueness and individuality of the youngster. His advice encourages children to find their own way rather than going under their parents total control and gives them the ability to express their feelings and uniqueness, as well as limiting their ability to encounter experiences
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