Mark Twain’s Life As An Author
Mark Twain began life in Florida, Missouri, where he was born on November 30, 1835. (“Major Works.”) Twain was originally named Samuel Langhorne Clemens, but later began using the pen name, Mark Twain. (“Major Works.”) He modeled his new name after terms that were used while he was on the river boat, mark meaning measure, and twain meaning two. (“Frequently Asked Questions”) Mark Twain wrote possibly one of his most famous books, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in 1884. (“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”) The novel was set in a time period before the Civil War. (“Major Works.”) Twain wrote this novel in a way that is telling a section of the main character Huck Finn’s life story, as a chain of unlikely events as he and Jim – a runaway slave – take a small wooden raft down the Mississippi River. (“Major Works.”)
Mark Twain was an American writer who first began writing articles for different newspapers in Philadelphia and New York City at the age of eighteen. (“Major Works.”) When Samuel was just four years old, he and his family moved to a small town on the banks of the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri. (“Major Works.”) Clemens spent most of his childhood living aside the river. (“Major Works.”) Both Samuel’s father and his uncle were slave owners when he was young. (“Major Works.”) In a way, he grew up with the slaves, listening to any of their stories they would tell him. (“Major Works.”) His father passed away when Samuel was only eleven years old. (“Major Works.”) The novel gives a type of representation of what life was like along the Mississippi River during the time period this novel was set in. Because he spent most of his childhood living alongside the Mississippi River and working on the steamboat once he was older, Twain was able to give us a thorough story of what it was like being on or near the river in that time.
“Sometimes you gwyne to git hurt, en sometimes you gwyne to git sick; but every time you’s gwyne to git well agin.” (Twain, 1884.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has a very different writing style than most novels. Twain uses a very casual style in his writings. He also wrote this novel using an extensive amount of slang. I believe he intentionally did this to have a more accurate representation of the various types of language that were being used in the south during that time period. Twain seems to have his own style of writing in which he doesn’t conform to the typical ways of writing a story or novel. The time in which Mark Twain lived also had a great effect on how he wrote his stories. He often wrote about slavery and how people were treated considerably different, because unequal treatment was a major part of everyday life during his time. In that time, it was a normal circumstance for someone to own a few or several slaves that would work on their farms, in their houses, or in other places. Because of this, it was fitting that Twain would include so much detail and description about slavery and slave owners in his story without it being out of the ordinary, considering that it was an average situation during that time period.
“Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.” (Twain, 1884.) Most critics go into a certain amount of detail about how Twain used a more relaxed writing style than other authors and writers in many of his stories and the numerous dialects used to more accurately depict the different types of language being used at the setting time of the story. Some critics used more positive criticism, by describing both Twain and his book as “genius” in the ways he incorporated the many dialects into the story. (“The 1885 Reviews,” 2017) Other critics were a little more negative with their criticism, by considering the story to be “cheap,” and that Twain is not worthy of being listed among other recognizable humorists. (“The 1885 Reviews,” 2017) There are many positive and negative views and opinions on Mark Twain’s novel, but overall, the book was written for humor and entertainment. Some critics could have possibly taken the book too seriously, and in turn, found the entirety of the story to be too unrealistic and extravagant for them to consider it a good novel to spend time reading. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is unlike most novels that typical authors would write, and trying to read it the same way, like an average novel may make the story seem somewhat random at times. (“The 1885 Reviews,” 2017)
“Jim said that bees won’t sting idiots, but I didn’t believe that, because I tried them lots of times myself and they wouldn’t sting me.” (Twain, 1884.) Mark Twain made a tremendous impact on American Literature during his lifetime. He wrote many short stories, articles, and novels throughout his writing career, with the main intent of bringing a vast sense of joy, laughter, and entertainment to all of the readers of his works. His book does not follow the typical format of a novel; he made the story his own and went through all the events with great detail and description, whether it was a more ordinary moment or one of the high points of the story. Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as if Huckleberry Finn were telling you part of his life story himself; a story filled with life experiences, containing plenty of obstacles, difficulties, and complications throughout the journey, but also having some very loyal friends that were willing to stay with him until the end. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn can show you that although you will often go through many issues and struggles throughout your life, having just a few irreprehensible, dependable friends that will do anything for you to go through it with you makes everything a lot easier than going through it alone.
Despite all the progress society has made, racism is still a prevalent issue. Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a novel that, even in its own time, was already controversial due to the lack of censorship and the brutal comparisons between races. Shelley Fishkin’s idea that Mark Twain’s work was a call to action against racism is accurate because, in many occurrences, it puts black men on a better spotlight than white men, and because it uses the demonstration...
As one looks at past authors in British and American literature, two authors stand out among the others. These two authors are Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. Both of the authors lived during the Victorian Era (Lane 1). Their writings are very interesting and entertaining to readers because of the themes and writing styles that these authors used to convey their thoughts. Charles Dicken’s childhood which consisted of poverty and poor working conditions had a great impact on Dickens’ writing....
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, now known as Mark Twain, was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. His father, John Marshall, was a lawyer and his mother, Jane Clemens, took care of Mark and his six siblings. Although his father was a lawyer, his income was low and the family lived in poverty so his oldest brother, Orion, was forced to work at a newspaper press to make more money for the family. They now had the money they needed...
In ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain, Huck Finn embarks on a journey of self-discovery and independence from society. The narrative acts as a bildungsroman, a story of maturation, where a series of adventures lead Huck to overcoming and understanding bigotry in society. He shows he is disconnecting from society with his realization that Jim is important to him, despite Jim being a slave. Huck continuously conforms to social pressures, always following the people around him; however, he...
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The N word, a racist, frivolous word by today’s standards, but was is always like this? Mark Twain explores this idea in his novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In his novel, Huck Finn and Jim go on an adventure together to freedom. On their way, Mark Twain uses the N word 219 different times to show how much people used it in the 1800’s. Mark Twain’s use of the N word in his novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be...
Society has always played a huge role in society and that can be see in the story of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ written by author Mark Twain. Throughout Huck Finn the main character Huck, undergoes drastic character develop and experiences how much power society holds. He is able to overcome the power that society holds over his morality and develops ideas that fit into moral code. This trend of moral change continues throughout real American history up to the...
Brief Synopsis Friendship, freedom, and adventure—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about the journey of a boy named Huck through the Mississippi River as he frees himself from his abusive father by faking his own death and as he helps free his new-found friend Jim who is a slave escaping from his master. Together, the mischievous Huck and the kind-hearted yet enslaved Jim set sail towards the freedom and adventure they both aspire as they discover a long-lasting friendship with...
‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’, by Mark Twain, and ‘The Once and Future King’, by T.H. White, are two very different books. While Mark Twain incorporates plenty of humor into his writing, T.H. White decides to take a more serious side. However, both books fall into the categories of Arthurian legend. They also have many similarities. ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’, by Mark Twain, follows Hank Morgan around in Camelot after he gets knocked out at...
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