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William Tee Analysis Essay Bush 12/3/14 Everlasting Instruction How to instruct the next generation is a somewhat difficult, yet common topic. Conflicting ideas abound, and it may be extremely challenging to find advice that is still mostly relevant. Author Mark Twain was offered the opportunity to give a lecture to a group of young people, which he accepted. The text taken from this lecture was published as the work “Advice to Youth.” Due to the unchanging nature of young adults, Mark Twain’s “Advice to Youth” in 1882 still applies to the youth of today. Not a generation has passed without the belief by parents that parents are always right. In addition, teenagers are often characterized by their tendency to disobey their parents. Twain addresses how it is easier to obey them by stating “Always obey your parents, when they are present . . . because if you don’t they will make you.” The general idea of the previous quote is that even if a young person is right, their parents will disagree simply because they want to be right. By juxtaposing the places of a parent and child during a conflict, Twain inserts comedy into his work. Twain finishes the paragraph by telling teens what they want to hear—that they are right; not only does this make the audience feel better about themselves, but it also causes the reader to be more open to the advice he offers throughout the remainder of his work. As the work continues, the topic of lying is considered. Lying is a massive portion of what people say—well, more for some than others. While one shan’t let a single lie escape their lips, another may find difficulty putting together a true sentence. Lying is a tricky subject, and an even trickier thing to do. “The Boy who Cried Wolf” is commonly one’s first thought when the issue of lying is raised, and similar to the story, Twain advises youth to use great caution when

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