American Literature Week 21 Twain

Prompt: “Would you read more of Mark Twain’s writings even if they were not assigned in a course? Why or why not?”

I absolutely would and plan to. Both the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer are classics of both yesteryear and today. They illustrate innocence, living as a free spirit, coming of age, the spirit of adventure, friendship, imagination, and learning to cope and heal from the pain of the world. They are beautiful stories, and I look forward to getting emotional reading them in their entirety.

His philosophical works are also must reads; such as his short story What is Man? In this a young man and an old man sit together and discuss their thoughts on free will, destiny, identity and other such themes. While not every idea is perfect it explores different perspectives and philosophies on life.

“Each man must decide for himself what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and what isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and your country, let men label you as they may.” “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” “How little a thing can make us happy, when we feel that we have earned it.”

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