Mark Twain's Essay On The San Francisco Earthquake

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The San Francisco earthquake in 1906 was almost completely destroyed San Francisco. Buildings collapsed, fires were spread, and the city was left in shock and devastation. Mark Twain and Jack London each wrote an essay on the San Francisco earthquake describing the events that took place during, and after the earthquake; however, they each took a different approach stylistically on writing the essays. Mark Twain’s essay on the San Francisco earthquake was written to be humorous and was more specific in the events that took place. London’s essay was more serious, had a darker tone, and was written to replicate the true darkness of the earthquake.
London’s essay consisted of a dark and gloomy tone. He described the earthquake as dark as he possibly could which made the reader feel remorseful for the city of San Francisco. He wrote about how San Francisco was
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He writes about the city and people as a whole. He does not give any specific examples of any situation. This allows his paper to cover the whole devastation of the earthquake which allows for more emotion of the reader. As for Twain’s essay, he describes specific events in detail as the earthquake happens. He delves into certain people's lives whether they are in their homes or getting off a bus. These specific stories are addressed with comedy which lighten the feeling of essay.
Another difference between Twain and London’s essays are the treatment towards the earthquake itself. London treats the earthquake with complete seriousness and somberness. There are no jokes or silliness, just a depressing description of the San Francisco. Unlike Twain, who does not take the earthquake so seriously. In the second sentence he says he “enjoyed his first earthquake.” He also says the earthquake was “somewhat serious.” This attitude adds to the lighter feel and the comedy that the author is reaching

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