Two Ways Of Seeing A River Analysis

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Different Perspectives:
The Comparison and Contrast Essay of Mark Twain’s Experiences and Mine
As we became older and gained more knowledge, the perspectives we once had about certain situations, ideas, and people changed. Reading Mark Twain’s short story “Two Ways of Seeing a River,” I immediately thought about the love I once had for basketball. Twain discussed how he once adored the Mississippi River, but by becoming a steamboat engineer and seeing the river in a different perspective, his mindset changed. I can relate because basketball was once my first love and favorite thing to do, but unexpectedly, I became attached to cheerleading. How it made us feel, the reason our beginning perspectives faded away, and the way we see it now, are the ways our experiences are similar and different.
Mark Twain described how the Mississippi River had a major impact on him and how it all seemed to fade away by learning his trade. According to Twain, “the river as majestic and the feeling the river gave him was indescribable” (494). Twain compared his knowledge of the Mississippi River to his familiarity of the alphabet: “I had mastered the language of this water and had come to know every trifling feature that boarded the river as familiarly as I knew the letters
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After becoming a steamboat engineer, he realized that he lost everything he valued about the river. He said, “I had lost something which could never be restored to me while I lived. All the grace, the beauty, the poetry, had gone out of the majestic river.”(494)In comparison, my love for basketball also faded away. Trying out for cheerleading was nerve racking because I did not know if I would make the team and I was trying something completely new. I had known basketball like the back of my hand but cheerleading was another story. I eventually made the team and after the first practice, I knew this was something I would fall in love
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