Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

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  • Puddn Head Wilson Humor Analysis

    In the classic novel Puddn 'head Wilson, Mark Twain balances humor with some serious subject matter while weaving an involved tale concerning a slave who replaces her master 's child with her own son. Roxana, a slave belonging to the brother of the eminent Judge Driscoll, replaces his son Tom with her nearly identical son, Chambers. Although no one notices for many years, the truth is discovered by “Puddn 'head” Wilson, an underestimated scholar, and is eventually revealed when Roxana 's “Tom” commits a crime. In this novel, Mark Twain criticizes the shallowness of racism and addresses deception and its consequences while utilizing humor to lighten the story. In the beginning of the book, it is explained that Roxana, although only one-sixteenth black, is still considered a slave. This fraction trumps any other part of her identity and she is born a slave even if she could be mistaken for a white woman in looks. Consequently, her child, who is “thirty-one parts white” and almost indistinguishable from her master 's son, is also born a slave. The fact that Percy Driscoll has to ask Roxana which child is his shows the pettiness and ridiculousness of slavery—a time when one 's skin color or the skin color of one 's parents would decide whether he would become an oppressed, abused slave or a privileged, wealthy person. Roxana fears that her son could one day be “sold down the river,” the greatest fear of the slaves in those parts, as further down the Mississippi were plantations…

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  • Samuel Clemens Life In Huckleberry Finn

    That is why they moved to Europe. His wife, Olivia Clemens died in 1904 at age 58. Two weeks after Twain was born, the Halley’s Comet had approached the Earth. The Comet returns every 75 years. He foresaw in 1909 that he would die the following year along with the Comet’s coming. That is exactly what happened. He died in 1910, at the age of 75 from a heart attack. Other novels that Mark Twain has written include The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), The…

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  • Samuel Clemens: A Brief Biography

    on some of his stories life "The Mysterious Stranger" (Dendinger). People called Mark Twain hate the bad mood period. His daughter Jean had died and Twain was seating right next to her death bed where she laid and Twain took two important things in his life a pencil and paper and begin to write. later it was published. People asked him why did you write the book next to her and he replied "to keep my heart from breaking into million of scattered pieces" (Qurik). Mark Twain was mad and…

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