Mark Twain It is indisputable that, during his many years of writing, Mark Twain established himself as a literary genius. It is also indisputable that the primary reason for his success as an author was his quick wit and sense of humor. During this nation’s time of political and social division, Twain wrote about many of the simpler things in life while always showing his humorist side. His brilliant comedic mind was especially unusual for any popular writer around during this rough time period in the nation’s history. Mark Twain’s humorist views and writings truly solidify him as the forefather of American humor.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by the pseudonym Mark Twain, has been central to American literature for over a century. His seemingly effortless diction accurately exemplified America’s southern culture. From his early experiences in journalism to his most famous fictional works, Twain has remained relevant to American writing as well as pop culture. His iconic works are timeless and have given inspiration the youth of America for decades. He distanced himself from formal writing and became one of the most celebrated humorists.
Kurt Vonnegut is a great author of American literature because of how he uses literary tools to write his exciting stories. Destiny used as a fictive device is the easiest tool Kurt Vonnegut uses to fertilise the lives of his characters, but it is also the most effective. If more teachers taught about how destiny is used as a fictive device, then we would all benefit, as writers and readers.
A pioneer in writing, William Dean Howells best sums Mark Twain up with, “There was never anybody like him; there never will be” (Hoffman 497). Works Cited Cox, Clinton. Mark Twain: America’s Humorist, Dreamer, Prophet. New York: Scholastic Inc.1995 Hoffman, Andrew. Inventing Mark Twain: The lives of Samuel L. Clemens.
But probably the most striking thing about Twain – and a measure of his genius – was his ability to write humorously about issues that made him seethe with anger. Twain believed that laughter was the “one really effective weapon” people possesse... ... middle of paper ... ... American history, and forever will be. Twain’s way of including humor without it being blatantly obvious, will surely ensure his place as the great American humorist. Works Cited Hori, Naomi. "An Analysis of Mark Twain's Humor in His The Innocents Abroad."
Mark Twain As one of America's first and foremost realists and humorists, Mark Twain, usually wrote about his own personal experiences and things he knew about from firsthand experience. # Two of his best-known novels show this trait, in his Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain immortalized the sleepy little town of Hannibal, Missouri (the fictional St. Petersburg), as well as the steamboats which passed through it daily, in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The various characters are based on types which Twain encountered both in his hometown and while working as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, and even though A Connecticut Yankee is not based on personal experience Twain uses many of the same techniques that he used in his Prince and the Pauper. In that novel, for example, two young boys gradually lose their innocence; in A Connecticut Yankee, Hank Morgan wakes up in a land of innocence-Camelot. It was the Mississippi River and the values of the people who lived along its length that made Twain one of America's best and favorite storytellers.
It is well written and has all of the criteria of a good novel. The use of dynamic central character, strong contextual symbols, powerful social conflicts, vivid imagery, and satire makes this novel one to remember. As quoted by Ernest Hemingway, “The good writers are Henry James, Stephen Crane, and Mark Twain. That's not the order they're good in. There is no order for good writers.... All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
Samuel Clemens’ adventurous childhood and nomadic lifestyle helped inspire the character formations found in two of his greatest writings, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn. In a brief overview of Twain’s work we can see the breadth of experiences that... ... middle of paper ... ...ain was looked at having a negative outlook, he continues to be best remembered for his humor. He uses exaggerated comedy to attack selfishness, and overly prideful views he saw in society. Mark Twain’s charm was that he presented these issues in the form of stories in a language uniquely American instead of imitating English writers, he used the rhythms and dialect of his native people to make the characters more relatable so that one could self examine their own community and self. Twain transformed elements from his past into literary expression and helped a nation capture better sense of self.