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This paper discusses how Mark Twain served as both a critic and proponent of the American way of life, while offering readers a sense of what life was like in the United States throughout his lifetime. The paper analyzes the internal conflicts that Twain faced throughout his life and refers to articles that show how Mark Twain was a person of opposites. The paper contends that Twain, with all of his literary defects, represents the best of the American spirit; indomitable, independent, and fair-minded, while representing the values which have marked the American literary tradition for decades.
From the Paper:"Of all American authors, Samuel Clemens, or Mark Twain, is one of the most beloved and perhaps one of the most quoted. His acerbic observances on the American way of life, the vagaries of the class structure, and his accurate ear for dialogue and diction all served to place him solidly in the pantheon of elite American authors. Mark Twain was born in Florida, Missouri in 1835, and the 6th of 7 children. In his lifetime he observed the American nation change from one torn apart by internal conflict to a major player on the international stage (Anonymous, "The Man", paragraph 2). Throughout his lifetime, Twain served as an eyewitness to history. He also served as both a critic and proponent of the American way of life."
Sample of Sources Used:
- The Mark Twain House. "Mark Twain: The Man". 11 December 2008. <http://www.marktwainhouse.org/theman/bioshtml#>
- Aspiz, Harold. "Mark Twain and 'Doctor' Newton". American Literature. Vol. 44, Issue 1. March, 1972.
- Erskine, Thomas L. "Mark Twain" Dictionary of World Biography. New York: Salem Press, 1999.
- Kaplan, Justin. Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1966.
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