Twain’s “Connecticut Yankee” as an Indictment of Technology

A 6 page paper looking at Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” as an indictment of both technology and industrialism in the nineteenth century. The paper argues that Twain likened Camelot to nineteenth-century America, which he viewed as enraptured with potentially destructive technology whose dangers they did not appreciate. Bibliography lists 6 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.

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 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.

Morality In The Works Of Mark Twain

A 7 page paper examining Twain's evocation of morals in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The paper concludes that Twain wrote books not only for entertainment, but to express his particular views on morality as well. Bibliography lists nine sources.

Hank Morgan in Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"

A 4 page paper which examines how and why Hank Morgan is considered to be a buffoon in Mark Twain's novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Conflicting Views in Twain’s Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

This 5 page paper considers the views on Twain’s work in an attempt to assess how he novel could be described as both document that contained a “lexicon of concerns” of an era as well as a central document defining American life. It has been recognized that the book itself is conflictive and this paper attempts to outline that conflict while also considering it’s importance in the industrializing United States. No additional sources cited.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Mark Twain’s The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

A 4 page aper which discusses Mark Twain’s short story The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Mark Twain: Realist and Naturalist

A 5 page paper which examines Mark Twain’s movement from being a Realist writer to a Naturalist Writer. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Huckleberry Finn and Do-Gooders

A 3 page paper which examines the satirizing of do-gooders in Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” No additional sources cited.