The Views Of The Mississippi

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Two Views of the Mississippi” provides an interesting and descriptive insight into the mind of a veteran in steam boating. In life human reasoning is guided by perspective and experience that go on through our day to day lives. Decisions are often based on how one comprehends situations leading to a particular behavior. While it is argued that learned abilities often morph to instincts due to the repeated practice, some situations defy the actual meaning of norm forcing one to act depending on their understanding of the situation at hand. If for instance, one is a trained and experienced driver, when faced with the possibility of an accident, such an individual relies not just on the experience but their instinctive abilities. Regardless of the individual’s level of learning, instincts can never be replaced, however, learning creates natural and inborn capabilities. In the excerpt, Twain has gained immense experience in his practice of steam boating. He initially enjoyed and loved the environment he worked in, but with time he got used to the beauty until it developed into something more than just beauty. He does not state what exactly the beauty has developed into but one can guess that the beauty has become normalcy. Despite the loss of beauty due to the repeated experiences in steam boating, Twain acknowledges that the river has life threatening dangers that come along with the job. The paper analyzes Twain’s “Two Views of the Mississippi River” elaborating on the conflict in the passage and discussing the quality of writing depicted. The analysis will also examine the figurative language used and its relevance in communicating the author’s message that he wants to convey to the audience to understand the bigger message. The se... ... middle of paper ... ...ting and worthwhile. Why the change of heart? I am of the opinion that human emotions and thoughts are misleading and inconsiderate. It is amazing that humans often sacrifice their lives to get something, but as soon as they lay hands on it, they want something totally different. While psychologist argue that it is this drive that pushes an individual’s life, I am of the opinion that inexperience explains this phenomena better. The illusion that the grass is always greener on the other side of the river tends to affect those with little or no experience. Twain also demonstrate the unthankful nature of human beings and how their initial attitude has the greatest effect and not always the experiences that come out of it. The river: despite its dangers - provide a livelihood for Twain. By all means, he ought to have been thankful for all that the river had gave to him.

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