Righteousness, By Mark Twain

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Upon further exploration of the timeless author, Mark Twain, it is clear from his work that he has addressed the question of righteousness. As we take a look back in time from the lens of Twain 's early life, this question of righteousness becomes very relevant. Growing up during the mid 1800s in Missouri, a place rampant with slavery, Twain was able to explore the American soul with wit, buoyancy, and a sharp eye for truth. Eventually he would soon come to realize the deep racial problems that existed in the south. For the young Mark Twain, violence was commonplace, he had witnessed many acts that would challenge his view on righteousness; when he was 9 years old, he saw a local man murder a cattle rancher, and at 10 he watched a slave die after a white overseer struck him with a piece of iron. However, due to the fact that he lived on the border of the Mississippi River, Twain witnessed both slavery and freedom which made him realize that although corruption lives within all of us, righteousness can be found in all of us, which is what Twain had used for the premise of most of his novels. Samuel Clemens, better know by his pen name, Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri as the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens. During Twain 's early life, his family was nearly destitute with the unexpected death of his father. Growing up, he was introduced to many different extremes, on one hand his environment was sunlit and exuberant, but on the other hand…

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