Mark Twain Essay

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English Paper Through Mark Twain’s literature, it becomes evident that when people spend their childhoods outdoors they grow up to be better people. Their more broad view of the world from first experience, to observing the reasons behind why things happen shape them to be better off. Mark twain uses two characters, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, to illustrate this point. Not only do they grow up to be better humans; they have a more enjoyable childhood. Finally, they become more self confident with themselves and their decisions. “A thought shot like lightning through Tom's brain. He sprang to his feet and shouted—"I done it!"”(Twain 175). In Twain’s book, Tom Sawyer takes the blame, for a ripped book, away from Becky and puts it on himself. Tom knows how Becky is feeling, “He had seen a hunted and helpless rabbit look as she did, with a gun leveled at its head”(Twain 174), and Tom does not want her to feel like that so he takes the blame. He learns to feel like that from being outside hunting rabbits with his gun. This emotion of empathy can really make a good person. Tom can look at someone and know how they are feeling in a certain situation and then do something to help them. People with no sense of empathy do not see emotion in other people and are not good people because they do not understand. Also, in Twain’s writings he shows determination of his characters. In “Huck Fin” Huck is determined to get away from everything, he goes as far as building a raft and floating down a river with a slave. In those times it was considered wrong to associate with African Americans but Huck befriended one and lived with him for months. Twain is trying to get a point across. His point is that people are people no matter what. Meaning we are all equal so why waste time trying to separate ourselves when we can make good fiends with them. If Huck had just

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