lessons and messages found throughout "Reading The River"

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Lessons and messages found throughout the short work, Reading the River Throughout the excerpt from Mark Twain’s, Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain’s use of figurative language allows the reader to better understand that as Twain learned his trade of steam boating, he felt it necessary to discern between the two things that he valued most about the river. The two things of value to him were the beauty of the majestic river, which he often talks about figuratively in such a way that captivates the reader, and the critical awareness of such aspects as they relate to his occupation as a steamboat navigator. The story is a personal tale of a moment in Twain’s life and how that experience had impacted him. The central theme of Reading the River is that one should be careful not to take everyday life for granted. Twain most certainly accomplished this message by relying on examples from the river and talking about them figuratively. Twains use of figurative language helped get across the central message to his readers in such a way that they would better comprehend. Mark Twain depicts the central message by equating his inability to perceive the beauty of the majestic river to that of a doctor, who is no longer able to separate the beauty of the human body from the diseases and deformities that humans often suffer from, yet Twain still creates an imaginative playground that leaves the reader hesitant to leave. Also found throughout the story, are the use of similes that help depict the beauty and majesty of the mighty Mississippi River. His use of similes help the reader envision the beauty that Twain had once saw of the river. He gives the simplest aspects of the river pronounced features that captivates the imagination of every reader and allows them to envision the picturesque river, gleaming with attractive qualities and immense beauty that Twain had saw

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