Mark Twain / A Life Of Writing.. And Controversy

A 6 page paper on the life and works of Samuel Clemens, pen name-- Mark Twain. The writer discusses how some of Twain's own life experiences along the Mississippi River and elsewhere are reflected in his fiction. Several key works including 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,' 'Huckleberry Finn,' & 'A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court' are examined. Some of the controversy over Mark Twain's content is brought up as well. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Case Study in Critical Controversy

In 5 pages, the author discusses Mark Twain 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Case Study in Critical Controversy.' Concerning Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' there are several controversies. One controversy is whether the story depicts racism, or represents racism. There is controversy over gender and sexuality. There is also controversy over the ending to the story. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Huckleberry Finn: Character Summary and Chapter-by-Chapter Overview

This 10 page paper provides a summary of the characters and a chapter-by-chapter overview of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.

Language and Realism in Huck Finn

A 5 page research paper/essay that examines Mark Twain's use of language in his classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The writer addresses the controversy that has surrounded this novel concerning language use and defends Twain, while discussing his expert use of dialect and vernacular. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Overview of Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper”

This is an 8 page paper providing an overview of Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper”. The paper also includes some tutorial language throughout in square brackets. Mark Twain (1835-1910) wrote his social and political satire “The Prince and the Pauper” in 1881 to tell the story of the social injustices which existed within 16th century Tudor England during which the story is placed; injustices which were still present during Twain’s time in the 19th century. Twain easily and clearly shows these injustices by just presenting “a case of mistaken identity” a situation in which Twain explained that “It may have happened, it may not have happened; but it could have happened” (Twain, 2003). The main concept is based on the social education of the central characters Edward Tudor (the Prince) and Tom Canty (the Pauper) who both benefit from living one another’s lives. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Mark Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger

In the conclusion of Mark Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger, the author argues that there is no God, no universe, no human race, no heaven, or no hell. This 5 page paper attempts to determine whether Twain actually meant this assertion, or if this was another one of Twain’s attempts to demonstrate his irreverence towards religion common in his writings at the end of the 19th century. No additional sources cited.

Mark Twain and Southern Values

A five-page paper which looks at society in the Southern states at the time of Mark Twain and how Southern values influenced his writing. The writer cites examples from four of Twain’s novels, The Innocents Abroad, Pudd’nhead Wilson, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and considers how Twain juxtaposed the virtues and shortcoming of Southern culture in these works. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

The Depiction of White People in Works of Twain and Douglass

A six page paper looking at the way Mark Twain and Frederick Douglass perceive white people as evidenced by "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" and Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". The paper concludes that both Twain and Douglass show Southern white society -- not whites as individuals -- to be the most significant factor in the problem of racism. Bibliography lists six sources.

"Pudd'nhead Wilson," Roxana, and Dialect

A 5 page paper which discusses Mark Twain's "Pudd'nhead Wilson" as it involves the character of Roxana and her use of dialect. The ideas of Bakhtin, as they relate to dialect, are also discussed as they relate to Twain's writing and Roxana. Bibliography lists 8 additional sources.

The Two Sides of Mark Twain

A 7 page paper on the life and works of Mark Twain. It points out that the persona the author presents in the earlier short stories [Innocents Abroad, The Gilded Age, The Prince & The Pauper, etc;] is much different than the one he presents in Huckleberry Finn. Bibliography lists 5 sources including Twain's books.

Controversy Surrounding 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'

A 5 page paper which discusses the controversy over many of the elements in 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' by Mark Twain. The paper addresses the pros and cons of this book being considered as a requirement in school's across the nation. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.

SATIRE IN CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT

This 6 page paper discusses the use of satire in Mark Twain's novel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Specific examples given to show Twain's satire toward the British and the legend of Arthur, feudal England, science and industry versus tradition, and values in the American culture of Twain's time. Quotes cited from texts. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Samuel Clemens: Mark Twain

A 5 page paper which examines the life and times of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), the main influences in his life, and his contribution to literature. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Mark Twain's Views on and Uses of Technology in His Writings

A 14 page analytical essay which examines Mark Twain's attitudes about technology, both in his life and in his art, citing examples from such works as "The Bridge Builders," "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," "The Gilded Age," "Life on the Mississippi," "The Tragedy of Puddn'head Wilson," and "What is Man?" Bibliography lists 11 sources.

Booker T. Washington’s “Up From Slavery” & Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn”

In his autobiography, Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington relates what he knows of history: 'in context' and from his personal point of view. Mark Twain uses parody and fiction to express his views in Huckleberry Finn. Both criticize American society. Both held strong opinions concerning race, poverty and illiteracy. This is a 5 page paper that examines the views of these two men through their writing. Bibliography lists 2 sources.