1. In his text Corn-Pone Opinions, Mark Twain’s main purpose is to convince the reader that it is human nature to conform to what is popular in society. According to Twain, “It is our nature to conform.” He goes on to explain that this trait is not something developed over time; it is ingrained in our brains the moment we set foot on Earth, and cannot be ignored. Even a ridiculous clothing style, he says, will gradually become accepted and even popular in culture, and then will suddenly disappear. The reason we conform, even if it means trying to be someone we are not, is to gain the approval of others.
9. At the end of his text, Twain capitalized two ideas: “Public Opinion” and “Voice of God.” He does this in order to catch the reader’s attention and focus it on the great importance he believes is held by public opinion, or as some people call it, the voice of god. Capitalizing these phrases makes them seem much more important and critical to his argument, and it shows that some people consider public opinion to be so important that it overshadows everything else in their lives as the “Voice of God.”
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