The paper "The Damned Human Race by Mark Twain" is a wonderful example of a book review on literature. The purpose of Mark Twain’ s essay titled The damned human race is specifically meant to explore how the human race stoops so low as a result of their behavior contrary to widely held beliefs that human beings are higher animals. What is mind-boggling to the Twain is that the human race originates from one distinct species (1). The paper is written in a logical flow and Twain uses satire to compare human behavior and animal behavior.
For instance, he states that in a wide range of experiments, animals have shown consistent behavior, unlike human beings. The stock or hunt for food they can consume at a certain period and are not greed like human beings who can continue piling wealth at the expense of others. Twain succinctly states that of “ all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel, ” (3). The style used by the author plays a significant role in proving his point. By comparing the behavior of man and animals, Twain is trying to prove a point that animal behavior can be better compared to men at times. Twain uses a strong hook in the introduction where he starts by comparing and contrasting human beings to animals.
The author is disgusted by the behavior of human beings. For instance, Twain (1) states that the new Darwinian theory, “ the truer one should be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals. ” This shows that the behavior of men is lower than that of animals. In conclusion, Twain notes that there is nothing below the human race and this is the reason why their behavior should be improved.
The main strength of the essay is that it uses satire and the style of writing is convincing to the readers.