Reading the River

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“Reading the River” by Mark Twain fkdjsaljdaskljfdksajfkdjsakfjkdljajfdksajfdjsajflkdsja. I believe the message of this memoir is that everything changes as life goes on. In this memoir Twain looks back in his life to his younger years. He reflects on how he saw the river when he first started working on it, and then later he states “all the value any feature of it had for me now was the amount of usefulness it could furnish toward compassing the safe piloting of a steamboat.” (Twain) Twain is stating that he use to see the river for all of its beauty and romance but now all he sees is the river for his career. I have to agree with Twain. I believe that once we see something the first time it will never be the same. As life goes on things change, as does the way we see them.

When time passes, things change. As we grow older, we change our views as well as our mindset. People grow to be more mature and gain more knowledge. By being more intelligent we open ourselves up to a whole new world. Twain, by becoming a steamboat captain, had to learn the ways of the river. By learning about the ways of being a steamboat captain, he was forced to see the river in a different view. When I first see something it is completely new to me. I have no idea how it works, I only see the physical appearance of it. Throughout the rest of my life I gradually learn more and more about that certain thing, thus, not letting me ‘see’ it as I first saw it.
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