The Mysterious Stranger Satirical Essay

796 Words Mar 5th, 2013 4 Pages
An encounter with Satan can be looked at in many different perspectives, and have many different reactions. When three young boys in the city of Eseldorf come across Satan, they particularly enjoy his presence, and his fantastical powers. In Mark Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger, the satirical elements portrayed are Dramatic Irony, Absurdity, and Fantasy, to mock the ignorance and insignificance of the human race; and not only that, but also to draw the attention of humans and help make most of their flaws clear. Speaking of insignificance and dramatic irony, “Knowledge was not good for the common people, and could make them discontented with the lot which God had appointed them, and God would not endure discontentment with His …show more content…
Not only by request, but any normal person would not “like” to have an earthquake or a storm, especially if it endangered others; but these three boys not only agreed, but were also fascinated by the dreadful event. An event which killed off the little civilization that Satan himself has created. Inevitably, this phenomenon upset the boys, and they broke down in tragic sobs. After noticing their tears, Satan remarked that it was of “no matter, [they] can make plenty more”(9). Evidently, Satan sees this “worthless lot” as a lot of insignificance; insignificance which is portrayed through absurdity. For powerful beings like Satan, it is easy to make the human race seem insignificant and ignorant through many perspectives. The last one which was found often throughout this story was Fantasy. Satan makes a chromatic statement, saying that man is a “museum of diseases, a home of impurities; he comes to-day and is gone to-morrow; he begins as dirt and departs as stench” (11). The insignificance of the human is being clearly portrayed. After Satan left some inhuman evidence in the town, “one or two shook their heads and said privately it looked more like the hand of Satan; and really that seemed a surprisingly good guess for ignorant people like that”(14). The statement is almost ironic, above fantastical, due to the cynical remark made that they finally took a good guess, as if they

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