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.

Twain/Pudd'nhead Wilson, A Sociological View

A 5 page essay that argues that Twain took a sociological stance in his book The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson. While Twain's story is set in the antebellum era, it addresses sociological attitudes that were still prevalent throughout American society. People honestly believed that racist conventions, such as segregationist policies, could be rationalized through the belief that whites were genetically superior to other races. In Pudd'nhead Wilson, Twain's principal point is sociological in nature, that the slave mentality comes from society rather than from birth. No additional sources cited.

Racism, "Huck Finn," and "Pudd'nhead Wilson"

A 20 page paper looking at the historical identity of American blacks between 1850-1900 as related to the racial theories of the time, and in the context of Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson." The paper points out that Twain was a white man who wrote of racism, but he was not a racist author. Rather, Twain recognized that blacks of the late nineteenth century faced challenges just as great as those they faced under slavery: denigration at the hands of white society, and their own lack of self-esteem. Bibliography lists nine sources.

The Literary Wizardry of T.H. White & Mark Twain

A 7 page paper that examines T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone and Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper and explains why each has not only become a classic work of children's literature but also an historical work that teaches the merits of justice and benevolence. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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: Comedy or Satire

A 4 page paper which examines if Mark Twain’s work was truly simple comedy or pointed social satire. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Individualism in the Work of Mark Twain

A 3 page paper which examines the theme of individualism in the work of Mark Twain. Bibliography lists 5 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.

Mark Twain's 'The Story of the Bad Little Boy'

A 5 page paper on this short story by Mark Twain. The story is analyzed and the theme is examined and compared to Twain's other works.

Mark Twain's 'Huckleberry Finn' / Theme Of Escape

A 5 page paper that addresses the theme of escape and how it is used, defined and counterbalanced among the characters in Mark Twain's novel. Particular attention is paid to the characters of Huck Finn and Jim, who represent various themes of escape in regards to slavery. This is contrasted (counterbalanced) to representatives of the white and slave societies in the novel, with Huck and Jim both representing both of those cultures and the political voices within them. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Social Conflict in “Huckleberry Finn” and Other Stories

A 5 page paper looking at Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, plus five other short stories and novellas, in terms of their treatment of the conflict between the demands of society and individual expression. Stories covered include Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron;” Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge;” Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat,” Henry James’ “The Real Thing;” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” No additional sources.

Analysis Of Three Fictional Stories

9 pages in length. The writer discusses naturalism and realism in Edith Wharton's "Roman Fever," regionalism in Jewett's "The White Heron" and romanticism and realism in Twain's "Huckleberry Finn." No bibliography.

Controversial Literature: Huck Finn

5 pages in length. Controversial may well be the first word used to describe Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn long before any summary is offered. Peppered with the words "racist" and "sympathizer," any synopsis of this book would be remiss without also mentioning the legacy of debate Twain - perhaps purposely - left behind. To look at either the character or story of Huck Finn as anything but a social mirror is to read more into Twain's meaning, however, public construal continues to be divided as to the author's true intent. Bibliography lists 8 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.

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.