Mark Twain And His Writings


What does Mark Twain mean and where did Samuel Langhorne Clemens come up with this pseudonym?
“On river boats, one member of the crew always stood near the railing measuring the depth of water with a long cord which had flags spaced a fathom (six feet) apart. When the crewmen saw the flags disappear he would call out ‘Mark One!’ for one fathom and for two fathoms he called out ‘Mark Twain!’ Two fathoms meant safe clearance for river boats, so Samuel Clemens chose a name which not only recalled his life on the river, but which also had a reassuring ‘all’s well’ meaning.” (Robinson)
Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835 and grew up in a small Missouri town called Hannibal. In the ...

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a satirical writer and a humorist.
Twain as a writer, ridicules society in many aspects of American life through satire. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain uses the Grangerford and Sheperdson feud to criticize American culture and its’ inability to put past injustices behind and forgive one another. It serves as a major point in the story in which he condemns society in a number of areas. The feud between the families has been going on for some thirty odd years and Huck asks Buck, a member of the Grangerfords who is around Huck’s age , what the quarrel is over. He replies with not the fondest idea. Here is a child in the prime of his adolescence and he has sworn to his family that he will kill a Sheperdson, another human being. This mentality has developed because of a feud thirty years ago, that no one can remember the origin of anyway.
In addition, Twain stereotypes religion as hypocritical. He is not saying that religion in itself is hypocritical, but rather the ...

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are in the presence of a duke and king. Huck on the other hand, knows that the two frauds are not of royalty, but chooses to stay quiet. Huck explains, “But I never said nothing…If they wanted us to call them kings and dukes, I hadn’t no objections…I learnt that the best way to get along with his kind of people is to let them have their own way” (121). The main theme that Twain tries to present is the gullibility of people in general. As they are floating down the river, they arrive at a town where a circus is taking place. They set up camp and the king and duke begin to rehearse a Shakespere skit that will be performed to the people. On the first show only 12 people attend so the ...

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