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"The Story of The Good Little Boy"

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Averie Plugge

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"The Story of The Good Little Boy"
by: Mark Twain
presented by: Averie Plugge

About the Author
Mark Twain was born November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri.
Mark was born with the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens as the sixth child.
Mark married his wife, Olivia Langdon, in February 1870. Mark and Olivia had three daughters of their own: Susy, Clara, and Jean.
Twain was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor.
Mark Twain passed away April 21, 1910 and lived to be 74 years old.
"The Story of The Good Little Boy"
In Mark Twain's "The Story of The Good Little Boy" Jacob Blivens always obeyed his parents, was never late to Sabbath- school, learned his book, and never lied no matter how convenient it was. Jacob had always wanted to be put in a Sunday school book and was determined that by acting good his actions would be recognized and he too would be placed in the Sunday school books along with the other gold little boys.
Jacob tried many times to be like the boys in the Sunday school book but nothing ever went right for the good little boy. Some of the bad boys pushed a blind man over into the mud and Jacob rushed to help him up and receive his blessing. The man did not give him any blessing at all but instead whacked him the head and told him it was wrong to shove him and then pretend to help him.
Figurative Language: In "The Story of The Good Little Boy," Twain uses figurative language to compare two things together.
This is specifically shown when the narrator is comparing the way the dogs are attached.
For example "... the fragments of those fifteen dogs stringing after him like the tail of a kite."
Foreshadowing: In "The Story of The Good Little Boy," Mark Twain uses foreshadowing to make the reader infer what is going to happen to Jacob Blivens when he attempts at doing good things
This is shown when the narrator describes to us how much Jacob wants to be in the Sunday school books and it tells us his thoughts and how he feels about the gold little boys.
A Connecticut Yankee At King Arthur's Court
A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court
A Tramp Abroad
A Treasury Of Mark Twain
Christian Science
Eve's Diary
Extracts From Adam's Diary
Innocents Abroad
King Leopold's Soliloquy
Letters From the Earth
Life On the Mississippi
Mark Twain's Autobiography
Mississippi Writings
Mysterious Stranger & Other Stories
Personal Recollections Of Joan Of Arc
Puddnhead Wilson
Roughing It
Sketches New and Old
The $30,000 Bequest
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
The American Claimant
The Celebrated Jumping Frog and Other Stories

Other works of Twain
The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales Of Mark Twain
The Complete Short Stories Of Mark Twain
The Complete Works Of Mark Twain
The Family Mark Twain
The Gilded Age
The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrims' Progress
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories and Essays
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories The
The Mysterious Stranger
The Portable Mark Twain
The Prince and The Pauper
The Prince and The Pauper, a Tale For Young People Of All Ages
The Stolen White Elephant Etc
The Writings Of Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer Abroad
Tom Sawyer Detective and Other Stories
Tom Sawyer, Detective
What Is Man?
Jacob continued withe the good deeds in hopes someone would recognize him. Jacob decided he wanted to find a lame dog and nurse him back to health and receive his gratitude. The dog turned on him, tearing at his clothes, and Jacob could not understand because the dog was the same breed as the ones in the books.
One day he was hunting for bad little boys when he found a group of them in the old iron-foundry fixing a joke on fourteen or fifteen dogs. Jacob felt bad for the dogs and went to help them. One of the largest boys started to come at Jacob but Jacob decided he wouldnt leave the dogs. The bad boy hit the good little boy sending Jacob Blivens out through the roof away torward the sun. Nobody ever heard from Jacob Blivens again.
Literary Devices
"This good little boy read all the Sunday-school books; they were his greatest delight... Jacob had a noble ambition to be put in a Sunday school book. "
Irony: In "The Story of The Good Little Boy," Twain uses the literary device irony to show that nothing is going right for Jacob like he planned for it to. Mark Twain wants this to stand out to the reader so we will recognize this is intentional.
This is shown when the narrator talks about nothing going right for Jacob like the boys in the books.
"But somehow nothing ever went right with the good little boy; nothing ever turned out with him the way it turned out with the good little boys in the books."
My Review
This story shows the irony of Jacob Blivens trying to be like the good little boys by doing nice things but in reality this is not going to get him into the Sunday school books. The story has a sad ending with him disappearing and I probably would have ended it differently with Jacob doing something great like being able to share his dying speech. I like the way Mark Twain shows that you cannot be the perfect little boy by doing good deeds for people to notice them. You must do them out of the kindness of your heart and that is when people will show their thanks to you. I enjoyed this short story by Mark Twain and would like to read more by him.
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