Mark Twain 's Letter From The Earth And The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Many writers throughout history have attempted to influence society throughout their era. However, few writers possessed the ability to look into the human psyche and controversies like Samuel Clemens. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, most commonly known as Mark Twain, began his career as a humorist author, but towards the final years of his life, wrote satirical works of the hypocrisies and foolishness of mankind following the deaths of his wife and daughters. However, apart from the issues with mankind, Clemens also harbors a negative perspective towards the absence of morality in humans as well as the proliferation and blind acceptance of religion – most notably, Christianity, which he desires to change. Such assessments can be collectively observed throughout the works of critics such as Peter Messent, Alan Gribben, and Neil Schmitz (respectively) as well as The Hudson Review and Twain’s two popular works “Letters from the Earth” and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The first noticeable observation of Twain’s view of religion and morality can be witnessed in Messent’s journal Mark Twain, Joseph Twichell, and Religion. In this journal, Messent focuses on Twain’s early life revolving around his relationship with the pastor Joseph Twichell whilst observing the lifelong effects of their friendship on Twain’s “religious” life. Shortly working on illustrations for his first major book The Innocents Abroad, Twain met Twichell at a reception at the Asylum Hill Church and, “as its…

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