Analysis Of Mark Twain 'Travel Is Not Fatal To Prejudice'

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Travel is not Fatal to Prejudice
Mark twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one 's lifetime” (498). However, He shows a lot of bigotry throughout The Innocents Abroad reading. There was many significant issues and reflections that Mark Twain mentioned. The novel shows that Twain is irreverent about everyone around him as he was traveling, including his fellow travelers. One might say that he was one of the first package tourists, being judgmental about everything that wasn 't like his home. He succeeds to be self-critical at times,
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The most important thing to consider is that Mark Twain was part of a generation of disconnected people often suspicious of each other, when letters and newspapers were the only way to communicate, and awareness and understanding was much more difficult. If one can keep that in mind and be objective, it can be an insight into a different time and is often funny. Reading it with a contemporary philosophical expectation disappoints though. It takes quite a while to get through. However, in many passages, Twain shows a lot of prejudices throughout his journey. This characteristic leads to many misunderstandings and it can be sometimes offensive. According to this situation in addition to the considerations we might have, a question emerges after reading this travel book. The question is, do these prejudices subside toward the end of his journey? If so, how is the motivation to be such a prejudiced person changed throughout his journey? Many readers might ask these questions and they might extend their readings to other books of Twain to reach the knowledge that made his background or his perspectives that made him…show more content…
He is still in a position of no acceptance toward cultures other than his own. He said, “The community is eminently Portugues—that is to say, it is slow, poor, shiftless, and lazy” (33). Twain shows blatant distaste for the Fayal people by calling them dirty, lazy, slow, ignorant, lying and cheating. All these features give Twain a sense of racial superiority over those less fortunate. At the same time, his later depiction tells that these Portuguese islanders are actually very clever and business-minded. They are also far from lazy. This contradiction makes reader unsure about his perception. While Twain sees their rejection of modern conveniences such as works or pushcarts, as a sign of unfamiliarity, it really shows that the people pride themselves on hard physical labor. Twain also mocks the extraordinary religious faith of the Fayal Portuguese, not realizing that most religions, even in America, hold such faith. The fact that the faith is practiced in a foreign land triggers Twain 's harsh judgement. There is an understated clue of irony when Twain discourses the forever-burning lamp in the cathedral, indicating that the woman who funded the lamp may have been a bit

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