What Point Does Twain Refer To Between His Two Ways Of Seeing The River Analysis
Twain first refers to the river as something absolutely beautiful. Twain admires the river and appreciates all of the small details, as he describes the “broad expanse of the river; in the middle distance the red hue brightened into gold, sparkling upon the water” (1). After Twain sees the river everyday and gets used to it, he begins to not appreciate the beauty as much, as he says, “the romance and beauty were all gone from the river” (3).
2. What point does Twain make regarding the difference between appearance and reality, between romance and practicality?
Twain makes a few points regarding the difference between appearance and reality, and between …show more content…
Twain is able to see the river everyday, as a result, he loses the sense of the natural beauty of the river. Twain gains very useful knowledge while learning the trade of steamboating. Twain learned the value that the river had, as he describes “all the value any feature of it had for me now was the amount of usefulness it could furnish toward compassing the safe piloting of a steamboat” (3).
5. What method of organization does Twain use in this selection? What alternative methods might he have used? What would have been gained or lost?
Twain contrasts himself in the selection Two Ways of Seeing a River. Twain begins the selection by using bright and colorful words as he describes the river as, “a red hue brightened into gold”, “sparkling lines radiating ever so delicately traced”, which provide color to the story (1). In contrast the second and third paragraph take a much darker turn, as the author uses words such as, “bewitched” and “speechless rapture” (2). While Twain contrasts himself throughout the passage he shocks the reader. Twain, instead, could have told the passage from one point of view, and not in a contrasting type way. By doing so, the audience would not have been able to truly understand how the author's feelings towards the river were changing every day he got to see …show more content…
Twain describes his feelings being “all gone” from the river (3). Twain describes how he pitties doctors and wonders if doctors ever “see their patients beauty, or if they simply view the patient professionally” (3). Twain’s purpose for using this analogy is to help connect his thoughts to the audience. Twain is comparing his thoughts of the river and wonders if he will end up viewing the river as something “boring, professional, or if he will get used to it” just like a doctor views all of their