Since his death on April 21, 1910, his great literary reputation has further increased. Many writers such as Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner have declared his work-especially Huckleberry Finn- a major influence on 20th-century American fiction. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi river. After the death of his father in 1847, Twain joined his brother Orion's newspaper, the Hannibal Journal. During this time he became accustomed with much of the frontier humor of the time.
Mark Twain's characters personify the ideas and themes behind his stories. Regarded as one of America's first great writers, his characters have sparked controversy and discussion of morality and injustice of 19th Century society. Born in Florida, Missouri, Twain's family moved to the Hannibal, a small town along the Mississippi where he became associated with tall tales and slavery. His young life would also be stricken with the death of his father, sister, and two brothers. After working for his brother Orion's newspaper, Twain went on a trip to New Orleans where he met Horace Bixby, a steamboat pilot who inspired him to do the same.
The story was told by two tellers, Mark Twain who introduces his story with energy, and Simon Wheeler who sets his story for Twain's auditory perceivers. The Language that the tellers use is a certain dialect that Twain uses from the south depicting his background. This reflects his life from growing up on a slave plantation and where he emanates from (Cox 17-18). Mark Twain's work reflects his childhood and growing up experiences along the Mississippi through his vigorous utilization of dialect. Twain astounded people by utilizing such vigorous dialect and language, because then it was unheard of.
Missouri was a slave state at the time because of the Missouri Compromise in 1820. Thus, Twain had a Southern experience with slaves. At the age of 12, Twain learned the trade of printing and typesetting (Fredericks). Intrigued by the crafts, he decided to learn more. Orion, Twain’s older brother, owned several newspapers, so Twain took the chance to work for him ("Mark Twain").
7) The characters in the story were based on two slaves named Sandy and Sam, that his family owned and Mark Twain befriended during that time. (Bradshaw, Rodney PP 2-10) No matter the controversies, the language he used, and the lack of education, he certainly had many styles of writing which is no wonder why he is still the beloved novelist that he was many years
He worked a newspaper job and in gold fields, but his career was soon to be in writing. “The Lincoln of literature” is what Twain was soon called. His first famous writing was The Celebrated Jumping Frog. Twain would use personal past experiences in his writings from his boyhood, for example in his book Hannibal. Twain soon became the most famous man alive of his time, Twain, of course, gives all credit to his inner source of timing.
Twain was prepared for his soon to be career by working with a typesetter and reading a lot in his spare time. When Mark Twain worked as a typesetter and made articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. When Twain was working for his brother in the production of a newspaper "the Hannibal Journal" This is where Twain began to seriously writing and where he first published his writings. He contributed to the newspaper with his reports, skits, poe... ... middle of paper ... ...d all his debts finally paid off in 1898. He did this by working hard and continuing his writing and he set out on a world lecture tour.
When he was younger he spent many boyhood summers playing in the slave quarters‚ listening to tall tales and the slave spirituals that he enjoyed listening to. When Mark was about 18 years old he moved east to New York City and Philadelphia and worked for many different newspapers and there he had success with writing articles. In 1857 he returned back to Missouri in St. Louis for a printing job. While living in St. Louis he became a riverboat pilot's apprentice, he got his license and became a river pilot in 1858. Being a river pilot he got the name Mark Twain his birth name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens the name Mark Twain means that is safe to navigate.
After Tom Sawyer, from the middle of 1870s to 1880s,Mark Twain wrote a lot of works which later became his masterpieces. I should say that this period is a climax of Mark Twain's writing life. For example, the famous novel "the prince and pauper" which focus on the cruel law working for the ruler; "life on Mississippi" which praised working people emotionally and expressed his yearning for free life and the most important novel, his master work "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" are all produced in this period. Actually, these are closely related to the society situation at that time. From that time, class struggle became more and more intense.
He wrote short, funny stories about American tales in the newspapers he was obligated to publish. Clemens then became influenced by his own imagination to become a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi river. He did become a pilot, and this gave rise to his story Life on the Mississippi. When the Civil War broke out in 1861 he was drafted as a Confederate soldier and served for two years. After the ... ... middle of paper ... ...wain, “Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.” Works Cited PBS, “Biography: Samuel Langhorne Clemens” American Experience: TV's Most-watched History Series.