Life and Works of Mark Twain

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Life and Works of Mark Twain Introduction Mark Twain is considered as one of the most renowned authors of his time. He attained worldwide success, very early in his professional career. Twain was mostly known for writing realistic novels, in which the language and the mindset of the people reflected the traditions and values of their environment. As he spent ample time near the Mississippi River, the symbolism of the river and its significance is reflected in his books. Overall, Mark Twain was a celebrated author, who relied on realistic reflections of his own observations, with an added mixture of humor. Discussion Mark Twain was mostly known for his accurate account of his surroundings. After spending his childhood near the Mississippi River, he developed an understanding of literature and the use of symbolism in his works. In “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, Twain reflected Finn’s character as a free spirit, whose actions could be reflected to the river itself. Twain majorly used symbolism in his works. the river was one of the symbols in book, where it is highlighted to be independent and free of all worldly bounds and limitations. This is shown in the character of Huckleberry Finn, as he chooses to live a life of freedom near the river. He pursued adventures, which were not considered to be normal in that particular society. Additionally, he was not limited by worldly responsibilities and was flexible in his approaches, throughout the novel. Similarly, another symbol was Jim. He was a symbol of slavery and reflected the lives of all the slaves in that period of time. Through his actions and the treatment he receives, the readers could develop an understanding of the life of a slave and the attitudes of the society ... ... middle of paper ... ...thern Literary Journal. Published by: University of North Carolina Press. Vol. 4, No. 2 (spring, 1972), pp. 128-132. Samuel Langhorne CLEMENS. 1835-1910. Retrieved from http://people.brandeis.edu/~teuber/twainbio Richardson, Marilynn Meyers. "AN EXPLORATION OF MARK TWAIN'S REFLEXIVE WRITING." State University of New York at Buffalo, 1983. Ann Arbor: ProQuest. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. Emerson, Everett. Mark Twain: A Literary Life. Philadelphia, Pa: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. Print. Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (tom Sawyer's Comrade). United States: Cherry Hill Publishing, 2012. Internet resource. Fenger, G. J. "THE PERSPECTIVES OF SATIRE IN MARK TWAIN'S SHORT STORIES." Texas Christian University, 1974. Ann Arbor: ProQuest. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. Bellamy, G. C. Mark Twain as a Literary Artist. University of Oklahoma Press, 10-Sep-2012. 440 Pages.
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