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Author study

Crosby Cofod

Crosby Cofod

on 13 April 2010

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Mark Twain lived from November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910. He grew up in Florida, Missouri and didn't exactly have the "picture perfect" childhood that many do today. His birth name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and he was number six out of seven children born from Jane and John Clemens. (Twain,1882) Only 3 children survived, counting Twain. When he was 4 years old, the family moved to Hannibal, Missouri. This town that they lived in was possibly his main inspiration considering they lived near the Mississippi river, which is included in many of Twain's most famous novels such as Huckelberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. There was slavery in Missouri when Twain was a child. This also played a very large role in Twain's stories. Twain was an adventurous little boy and many of his books were non-fiction until The Prince and the Pauper, which was his first shot. This was not a "best seller." The public liked to hear of real legends and tales of childhood adventures. Later in Twain's life he educated himself and he wanted to be a steamboat driver on the Mississippi, which most likely led to Twain's common inclusion of boats and such on the Mississippi. Mark Twain also went into business with his brother Henry. Twain said that he had a dream detailing Henry's death and it came true. This sparked Twain's interest in the superatural and was included in Huckleberry Finn. Sadly, Twain had financial problems and grew pessimistic near the end of his life, writing sad essays and such. He died in Redding, Connecticut due to severe chest pain. (Twain,1882) In Tom Sawyer, it can be argued that Tom Sawyer is a young Mark Twain. Both lived near the Mississippi and had many other similarities. The cave at the end of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and in Huck Finn was actually a real cave. Twain actually visited that cave much and now it is called "Mark Twain Cave." There are many real life relations to Twain' novels including a vast amount of geographicl locations. n Mark Twain really wanted to entertain with humor and see people laugh, which he did. This is seen in the beginning of Huckleberry Finn and in an interview in which it displays Twain entertaining a crowd and says,"By the time Twain stepped forward to begin the Telharmonium's brief midnight demonstration, his guests were suitably primed to greet the new marvel with gasps of joy and admiration."(Shelden,2010) Twain was just an unusual character who was absolutely fearless. Twain even criticized other religions also seen in an interview where Twain tells of an essay he wrote titled,"Conversations with Satan". Other religions during this time period would have been highly offended just by the title, but Twain would write anything. In fact, the essay is quite comical. One excerpt is when Satan is talking about where he lives and says,"The German stove is the best." (Twain) I read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and a little bit of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Prince and the Pauper was Mark Twain's first full fiction novel. It is a tale about 2 physically identical boys in totally opposite situations. One is a prince, soon to be king, named Edward Tudor and the other, a poor boy who lives in a slum like area named Tom Canty. Both switch places, halfway accidentally, with the other and soon realize that neither of them have it as good as they thought they did. As you can see, a prominent theme in this novel is "Take a walk in the other person's shoes." Tom Sawyer is a well known adventure story about a boy living near the Mississippi river and many other environmental assets that would be very attractive to aa young lad. This novel represented Twain's "comfort zone." Twain felt comfortable writing about adventures especially in areas that he had studied greatly. In order to be a Mississippi river boat driver, he had to study the river and the surrounding area greatly, which resulted in him creating great imagery in his novels with the environment. One of the main themes of this novel is friendship and how it can lead you to so many things. In the novel, Tom is misunderstood by people such as his Aunt Polly and other adults, but with his friends, they all understand each other. Their rich imaginations guide them on amazing adventures and the novel shows us the true childhood innocence. My Author:Samuel Langhorne Clemens-aka-Mark Twain CHARACTERS There are many common characters in all of Twain's novels such as.......
-A common representation of slavery in MT's books-Jim.(Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn)
-Represents childhood adventurism and friendship-Huck and Tom.
-Represents authority and order that is prominent in all 3 books that I read-Aunt Polly(Tom Sawyer) and basically all of the adults in the novels.
-An actual bad guy-Injun Joe. (Tom Sawyer)
-Someone the main character cares for- Becky Thatcher.(Tom Sawyer)
-Environment almost plays a role in the story line considering it calls the children to adventure.
Some of the very common styles that Twain has in these "fearless" writings are the fact that almost all of his novels are about children and their adventures. This is because Mark Twain believed childhood was the real life and adulthood had no real writing value. This style is seen in all 3 of the books that I have read, obviously. Also, Twain had the theme of slavery very prevalent in his novels. There were always slaves everywhere, especially in Huckleberry Finn when Huck hangs out with Jim going down the Mississippi. This would have been very controversial and it was during the late 1800's. This style could also be represented in The Prince and the Pauper when servants are present for the king. Many of Twain's stories had this institution of slavery in them and it was a very common style. Another common style of Twain's was to show the superstition and religion. This is seen in Huck Finn when he talks about Jim's hairball and says "He said it would tell my whole fortune." (Twain,1885,Pg.22). Twain wanted to show others the pure imagination and beliefs that some are interested in. Adventure is also seen in Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in the what is now called "Mark Twain Cave", and out on rafts in the Mississippi. The Prince and the Pauper also had many events of adventure considering both children were switching places. One last style is when Twain uses such realistic language in his writings. This is seen in Tom Sawyer when Jim says,"I got to go an' git dis water." (Twain,1876,Pg.11). Twain wanted to give people a true experience of his life in the south. HUMOR-HA!HA! This video is just an example of Twain's humor, although played by an actor, these are accurate quotes. THE END THE END THEME There are many common themes in all of Twain's novels. This is eespecially in his child novels. Twain said himself,"Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it."(Twain) This was a prominent theme in his novels considering how sneaky and caniving Twain made the children such as Tom Sawyer. Another common theme is that people are equal. This is shown in The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn when Jim and Huck join forces to escape their abusive environment. One last and final theme is,"enjoy your life." Twain said himself,"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."(Twain) Twain just wanted to see people have entertainment and was a great novelist, inventor, and speaker.
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