Samuel Clemens Influences On Mark Twain's Life

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The way authors grow up and the things that happened to them during their life is what influences their stories the most. The way authors express themselves and tell their life stories is by the way they write. So how does the life of Samuel L. Clemens otherwise known as Mark Twain influence the ways of his writing? Well, his life was full of ups and downs as all lives do, but his took a turn for the worst at the very beginning. His father was a man that dreamed of wealth but was never able to achieve it, he soon died unexpectedly after Samuel was born in 1835 and his mother had to become head of the household in 1847. The Clemens family went in an economic downfall and was forced into years of financial struggle, which would shape the career …show more content…
Once his father died his mother became head of the household and Samuel had to quit school and got a job as an apprentice printer at the Hannibal Courier, which paid him in a small ration of food. Then when he was fifteen he got a job as a printer and occasional writer and editor at the Hannibal Western Union, a little newspaper owned by his brother that is when it sparked his interest to become a writer but he didn’t think about it again until later in his life. When Samuel was twenty three he finished training and fulfilled his dream job at the time and became a received his pilot license to be a steamboat captain. While being on the river Samuel wrote occasionally, one of the stories he wrote during that time period was River Intelligence, it was about a senior pilot’s observations of the Mississippi River. He loved traveling the river but his career was cut short because of the Civil War and the Missouri people split in support of the opposing sides. Samuel Clemens again known as his pen name Mark Twain became a supporter of the Confederacy and joined the Confederate Army in 1861, but only served for a couple of weeks because his unit disbanded. He was inspired by his time serving and wrote the story The Private History of the Campaign That Failed, it was a memoir about how he was not made to be a soldier. After serving Samuel did not know what he was going to do with the rest of his life, so he decided to go to the Great

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