Who Is Mark Twain? Essay

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He was a humorist, a rebel and a dreamer. He became the George Washington of American Literature. His name was Mark Twain and he was America's most famous literary icon, publishing 28 pieces. He was born on Nov. 30, 1835 as Samuel L. Clemens in the little town of Florida, Mo. He was the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens (Quirk). As a young child Clemens had poor health and stayed inside most of the time, causing all sorts of mischief. Spending most of his time with his mother he caught her sense of humor. Later in his life Clemens asked his mother about his poor health then saying: “I suppose that during that whole time you were uneasy about me?” “Yes, the whole time,” she answered. “Afraid I wouldn’t live?” “No,” she …show more content…
He was a humorist, a rebel and a dreamer. He became the George Washington of American Literature. His name was Mark Twain and he was America's most famous literary icon, publishing 28 pieces. He was born on Nov. 30, 1835 as Samuel L. Clemens in the little town of Florida, Mo. He was the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens (Quirk). As a young child Clemens had poor health and stayed inside most of the time, causing all sorts of mischief. Spending most of his time with his mother he caught her sense of humor. Later in his life Clemens asked his mother about his poor health then saying: “I suppose that during that whole time you were uneasy about me?” “Yes, the whole time,” she answered. “Afraid I wouldn’t live?” “No,” she said, “afraid you would.” (Quirk) His mother's sense of humor later reflected in his writing.

At the age of four, in 1839, Samuel and the rest of his family moved a few miles east to the town of Hannibal (Biography.com). A bustling port city situated along the banks of the Mississippi river. Growing up in Hannibal, Clemens witnessed a local man shoot a cattle rancher, and a slave die as his master hit him. Exposed to the inhumanity of slavery, realizing that it was not acceptable lead him to later go out against it in his writing. Twain's major novel "Huckleberry Finn" is illustrated on his personal experiences. The story is based at the time of slavery, when blacks were considered of lower rank. Through out the book, Twain arguably

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