A Critical Analysis Of Mark Twain's Life In Mark Twain

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Mark Twain once said, “Don’t go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” One should not assume that the world must give some sort of refreshment or present to oneself just because he is alive. He cannot live with the mindset of having others to do all the hard work while he doesn’t and receives credit for it. He must strive to put hard work and effort to meet his goals. Throughout Mark Twain’s life, there are many hardships and pains. However, he always pushed the troubles aside and focused on being the greatest. In Twain’s life, there is series of suffering and pain where he hit rock bottom, but he fortunately uses the suffering into his writing techniques to become one of the greatest…show more content…
Slavery was common in the south due to its mass lands to grow cottage. Twain is a southerner, he didn’t view slavery as immoral at all. There were no newspaper writing against slavery and none of his friends told him it was bad either. The culture Twain was in, influenced his mind that slavery is not immoral. Even the Bible approves of slavery which made it even harder to believe that slavery is immoral if even our great ancestors have done it. Slaves didn’t know how to read or write, slaves are not unified, and they would receive harsh punishments if they tried to escape. Therefore, John Brown and Nat Turner started rebellions against slavery to try to start a spark in the slavery revolt. Unfortunately they were both killed and due to their actions the Slave Code was upon all slaves. Also, the famous court case of Dred Scott v. Sanford took place. Scott was a slave in the south and his owner took him up north into a free state. Scott thinks he is a free man now, but his owner disagrees so Scott decided to sue his owner for breaking the Missouri Compromise which stated no slavery above the 36th 30 degree parallel line. Scott went up to the federal courts and the federal courts ruled that Scott has no rights to sue due to that he is a property and not as a person. This case resembles the amount of immorality the southerners had against slaves. The fact that a human being considered that…show more content…
The Civil War erupted due to the South Carolina succession. The war was being battled either because the war was for the Union or for the independence of the Confederacy. Twain had to look for a job so he took part in the Confederate militia. He played a short role in the militia which was for only two weeks, not leaving that much impact in the Civil War. After, Twain got an invitation to a job of mining with his older brother Orion in Nevada. Twain accepted the job because he hated the militia and needed money to support his family. Twain never left on a journey and this was his first time away from home. He expected to become rich and wealthy, however through a tough and hardworking time with his older brother he quitted. Twain always held in his hand the responsibilities of care for the
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