Mark Twain's Writings and Race Essay

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Mark Twain's Writings and Race

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, whom readers know as Mark Twain, has written many novels including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876; The Prince and the Pauper in 1882; Puddin’ Head Wilson in 1883; and Twain’s masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which was completed in 1883 (Simpson 103). Throughout Mark Twain’s writings, Twain had written about the lifestyle in the South the way it was in truth and detail. Mark Twain was not predjudice in his writings, instead he stripped away the veneers of class, position, religion, institutions, and the norms of society through his use of setting, language, and characters.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835 and died on April 21,
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In addition to the scenery, Twain also uses his popular river setting. The Mississippi River once again appeared in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, receiving great triumphant reviews (Unger 199). The book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn took seven years to complete. The first sixteen chapters birthed the beginning of the book, but then he took a suddend rest, possibly writing a few chapters in 1879 and 1880 but he did not complete the book until a returned trip down the Mississippi River. The signifigance of the returned trip down the Mississippi River before the completion of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was that it allowed him to focus his attention on his characters, folkways, speech and the setting (Simpson). The river has been written before in detail, but in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the river is an adventure all in itself full of mystery and powerful imagination (The Hartford Courant 1). Throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck and the runaway slave, Jim, escape the evils of society by retreating to the river, floating away on the raft (Simpson 47). In one of the episodes in the novel, Huck says “other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.” Here the main idea is about freedom (Simpson 33). The episodes were designed “to pleasently remind adults of what they once were themselves (Unger 199). The underlying theme
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