Through this Messengers words, Twain allows the people to vividly realize the horrifying realities of violence and death they have seem to be blindly asking for (Kiskis, 2009). Twain writes:
Ponder this --- keep it in mind. If you would beseech a blessing upon yourself, beware! lest without intent you invoke a curse upon a neighbor at the same time...When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory --- must follow it, cannot help but follow it. (1998,, p.365-6)
In this short story, Twain is making people see that this extreme sense of nationalism and self-righteousness usually make people blind to the results of their actions (Kiskis, 2009). Should one look closely into Twains rhetoric of irony, Americans would begin to realize that the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness does not go along the principle of waging wars even if “We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts (Twain, 1998, p.366). Should one look closely into Twains rhetoric of irony, Americans would begin to realize that if there is the belief that all men are created equal, this equality should not be limited within the U.S. territory, and limited to be granted only to those who share the same American ideologies. Should one look closely into Twains rhetoric of irony, Americans would begin to realize that the true sense of nationalism should be reflected through the Americans push for the extension of the principles, on which the great nation was founded on, to lands and people beyond their jurisdiction.
The point in this short story is simple: that to desire victory for ones self is to desire defeat and destruction for the other (Lock, 2009). One cannot