Mark Twain and His Masterpiece: the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain and His Masterpiece: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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A Research Paper
Presented to Mr. Neil
of Chula Vista High School

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In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for English 10 Honors/Gate

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By:
Id #: 937228
May 16, 1996

Outline

I. Samuel Clemens
A. Who he is
B. Where he was born
C. Family

II. How Samuel came to be Mark Twain
A. His working life
B. First writings

III. The Adventures of Huck Finn
A. Story Plot
1. The outside of the book
2. The inside of the book
B. Critics of the book.
1.Characterization

IV. Samuel Clemens Downfall
A. Family Life
1.Deaths
B. Money Problems
1. Bankruptcy
2. Move to Europe
C. His comeback
D. His death

V. Effects of Twain's stories
A. How he affected his era
B. How the era affected his writings

VI. Conclusion
A. My feelings
B. End notes
C. Bibliography

Samuel Clemens was an American writer and humorist who's best work is shown by broad social satire, realism of place and language, and memorable characters. Clemens was born November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. His family moved to Hannibal, Mississippi when he was four. There he received a public school education. Samuel Clemens was a difficult child, given to mischief and mis adventure. He barely escaped drowning on nine separate occasions. His fathers death was a calamity in which Samuel was not prepared for. Albert Bigelow Paine, Clemens official biographer, offers the following glimpse of the young Clemens

"The boy Sam was fairly broken down. Remorse, which always dealt with him unsparingly, laid a heavy hand on him now. Wildness, disobedience, indifference to his fathers wishes, all were remembered; a hundred things, in themselves trifling, became ghastly and heart-wringing in the knowledge that could never be undone. Seeing his grief, his mother took him by the hand and led him into where his father lay." "It's all right, Sammy," she said. "What's done is done, and it does not matter to him anymore; but here by the side of him now I want you to promise to me-"

He turned, his eyes streaming with tears, and flung himself into her arms.
"I will promise anything ," he sobbed, "if you won't make me go to school! Anything!
His mother held him for a moment, thinking, then she said: "No, Sammy; you need not go to school anymore. Only promise to be a better boy. Promise not to break my heart."

After his fathers death, Clemens got a hold of two Hannibal printers, and in 1851 began setting type and contributing articles to his brothers newspaper, The Hannibal Journal. After leaving his first job he took his printers and became a journeyman printer in Keokuk, Iowa, New York City, Philadelphia, and other cities, and then a steamboat pilot until the break out of the American Civil War which brought end to traveling on the river. After a failed attempt at silver mining in 1862 he became a reporter on the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada, and later in 1863 began signing his articles with the pseudonym "Mark Twain," a Mississippi River phrase meaning two fathoms deep. After the move to San Francisco in 1864, Twain met the writers Artmeus...
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