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Man is the only animal that laughs and weepsLine 1 What was William Hazlitts purpose in examining this question In order to investigate into this matter there are a few things that must be discussed These are the writers tone POV point of view and literary and stylistic devices used First Hazlitts tone in this excerpt is a serious yet funny nature while still being able to deliver his explanations and reasons To explain the nature of laughter and tears is to account for the condition of human in life for it is in a manner compounded of these twoLine 11-13 Second the point of view POV is another one that merits special attention Usually a lecture is to be delivered in the third person yet this lecture is delivered in the third person yet this particular one is in the first person plural but why you ask It is very simple Hazlitts purpose is to identify himself with his audience to make for a better reception of his ideas We shed tears with sympathy with real and necessary distress Finally literary and stylistic devices are found throughout this excerpt The most obvious one is the parallel structure in lines 3-6 We weep at what thwarts or exceeds our desires in serious matters we laugh at what only disappoints our expectations in trifles We shed tears with sympathy with real and necessary distress Other literary devices are imagery found in his descriptions The crimes and misfortunes that are inseparable from it shock and wound the mind when they once seize upon it The purpose of this is to attract the attention of the target audience The diction used is not Sir Walter Scott but its not Mark Twain its in the gray middle area The syntax though resembles more the Romantics in its long embellished sentences Hazlitt use of literary and stylistic devices his tone and POV really express his purpose Man
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