Mark Twain: Naturalistic and Realistic Techniques Analytical Essay by RightRiters

Mark Twain: Naturalistic and Realistic Techniques
A review of "Pudd'nhead Wilson" by Mark Twain with emphasis on style and technique.
# 22618 | 1,898 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 10, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyzes Mark Twain's book "Pudd'nhead Wilson" which brings together the coalesced selves of small-town America and in their midst, three figures - Tom, Roxy and Wilson, who try to escape the reality of life by changing their social identities. It discusses how Twain limits the freedom of the individuals to the context of their relationship with the people in society and how the pessimism inherent in the story suggests that near the end of his writing career Twain moved from depicting realism to showing the lack of control that humans have over their lives, an aspect of naturalism.

From the Paper:

"Then, within the paradigm of the story emerges the sublimation of the truth. Combining the pessimistic scope of naturalism and the ordinary facts of realism, Twain presented the conflict of the environment and the characters. Throughout the story we see Roxy trying to change her destiny. She is a black slave and yet, she does not look like it. She exchanges her son with that of the owners again attempting to overcome the social constraint imposed on her by birth. Yet, all her efforts are useless for in the end nature triumphs, as does the conception of self-fixuality. Consider, that though Roxy has swapped the babies the difference is still there. The "black and white" babies are now distinguishable by their characteristics."

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