The Life and Works of Mark Twain Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Life and Works of Mark Twain
A biography of Mark Twain that looks at how his life influenced his works.
# 36188 | 1,150 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 24, 2003 in Literature (American)

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The paper describes the background and early years of Mark Twain and looks at how his own experiences shaped his works. The paper mentions "Tom Sawyer", "Huckleberry Finn" and "The Prince and the Pauper" and then notes that the illnesses and deaths of various loved ones influenced his last works that are filled with darkness and grimness, such as "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg". The paper concludes that Mark Twain was not particularly devoted to or skilled in symbolic representation of emotions.

From the Paper:

"Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, in the village of Florida, Missouri. Both of his parents were descendants of Virginians. His mother's family claimed connections with Southern aristocracy; his father, a dreamer with little talent for earning much money, was at various times a storekeeper and lawyer. When Samuel Clemens was four years old, his family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi River. [2]
"Hannibal, a town almost geographically in the center of the United States, was alive with people and activities which stimulated the imagination of the boy who was to become Mark Twain. Travelers from East to West paused there. Rivermen pulled into shore at Hannibal. An outstanding attraction to young Twain was the endless arrivals of the steamboats. He was as anxious to become a river pilot as a mid-twentieth century boy would anticipate becoming a jet pilot or an astronaut. When Twain was about twelve years old, his father died. The next year Mark Twain was apprenticed to a printer. By 1851, he was working for his brother, Orion, who had become a newspaper publisher in Hannibal."

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