In Mark Twains, the mysterious stranger, he tells a very enticing story that has you at the edge of your seat. He tells a story that incorporates morality, war, religion, and cruelty. Those are just a few for example. What caught my eye was his great use of religion in the book. It truly makes you think or rethink some things of how you may feel about your religion. Although I’m sure, his intentions are never to change someone preference of their religion, more of making them think. It made me have to think critically, and it challenged me.
I found one of his quotes from this website, Twain, Mark. “The Mysterious Stranger.” The Mysterious Stranger Quotes. Goodreads, 2015. Web. Sept 1, 2015. “You are not you--you have no body, no blood, no bones, you are but a thought. I myself have no existence; I am but a dream--your dream, a creature of your imagination. In a moment you will have realized this, then you will banish me from your visions and I shall dissolve into the nothingness out of which you made me. In a little while you will be alone in shoreless space, to wander its limitless solitudes without friend or comrade forever—for you will remain a thought, the only existent thought, and by your nature inextinguishable, indestructible. But I, your poor servant, have revealed you to yourself and set you free. Dream other dreams, and better!”
He tells the boy there is no God, there is nothing but a thought. All that he sees is a trifle. Simply not there. Compared to today’s religions and how seriously people take them, this would probably make many people angry. They tend to feel that they know what God or a higher power knows. Twain, Mark. “The Mysterious Stranger.” The Mysteriou...
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...nd not many of those. The few that imagine themselves kings or gods are happy, the rest are no happier than the sane. Of course, no man is entirely in his right mind at any time, but I have been referring to the extreme cases. I have taken from this man that trumpery thing which the race regards as a Mind; I have replaced his tin life with a silver-gilt fiction; you see the result--and you criticize!”
Twain made a lot of sense but at the same time I think a person can be happy and sane. Happiness is in the hands of the individual who makes it. Happiness depends on who makes it, but I don’t think any man is fully rational. He had a great point there. No man is balanced, and people find their happiness, and if they have to be insane to conquer it, then that can’t be entirely balanced. Twain makes you think, and he makes you ponder the great questions of life.
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