True Motives Revealed in Mark Twain’s The Story of the Good Little Boy

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Mark Twain’s “The Story of the Good Little Boy” is a short story about an ambitious and self righteous boy who acts on behalf of his own selfish motives. Jacob Blivens puts so much effort into trying to be “good,” but was never recognized for it. As touching as this may seem, the little boy might not have been as good as he seemed. Throughout the short story his intentions came back to bite him when he tried to get a book written about himself. Mark Twain brought out a strong plot and sequence of events that eventually lead Jacob to his death bed.
This little boy’s major issue might have not been in his actions, but in what his real motives were. Jacob Blivens idolized the innocent young boys that he read about in his Sunday-school books and he was drawn to the legacy they were remembered for. He had a burning fire inside of him to be like the other boys and leave behind a legacy for everyone to read. Jacob had an internal conflict of not understanding how all the other “bad boys” could get away with their stunts and he was always left with the blame. Even though it never seemed to go right, Jacob was determined to get what he wanted. Being too much of a goody-too-shoes eventually left him alone to be kicked to his death.
This story gives a huge sense of foreshadowing. Young Jacob Blivens tried to do everything that is right and true, only so he can be remembered like the children in his Sunday-school stories. However, being good does not mean you will always…