A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court: Character Analysis

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Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” are both excellent novels. Twain has various inspirations for writing, uses several types of dialogue to convey each character’s individual personality, but writes the stories with a similar theme. By doing these things, Twain makes these stories unlike the other yet still interesting. First, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn exemplifies his approach to writing stories based on his own experiences and the Mississippi tales he had heard and read about” (Connecticut). In this story, Twain writes about the things he has personally experienced and/or the tales he has heard about the Mississippi. Also, the different characters in this story are …show more content…
Twain uses this different type of dialect to “maintain its historical authenticity” and to show the reader exactly how people spoke to one another in this time and place (Prezi). He also has each character speaking his/her own version of Mississippian dialect. Twain shows Huck Finn’s lack of knowledge and incomplete education by having him say things like, “Pap warn’t in a good humor-so he was his natural self” (Adventures, p. 26). He shows Jim’s complete ignorance to the English language by having him say “She never done it: Jis’ stood dah kiner smilin’ up at me” (Adventures, p. 142) In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Twain does the same thing that he does in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He uses the character’s dialect to show each character’s position in society and/or personality. “The Yankees speak in a slangy, colloquial voice of the lower-middle-class American of the late 1880’s” (Student). “The racy, colloquial language of the Yankee fully expresses his character. He is impatient with the rigid forms of church and state, although he seems to have a keen sense of moral values relating to marriage, the family, and the rights of the individual to economic reward” (Student). Although these stories both clearly have different settings and various forms of dialogue, Twain still uses the same technique of characterizing the people in both of these stories by changing their form of dialogue to fit the setting and their personality or education level. Twain uses the theme of Slavery in both of these books, but changes the form of slavery in

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