A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court Analysis

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Mark Twain is a world renowned author who has explored many concepts on societal issues. One of his most famous works, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, touches on many views Twain had on societal issues. He also discusses the struggle of being in the sixth century. When reading the novel, one may realize that the story is a satire of his beliefs. For example, he was appalled by the idea of the Church, and displays his disgust in the novel. Mark Twain utilizes literature as a means to carry an idea. Thus, many of Twain’s ideas are presented in the content of A Connecticut Yankee. In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Twain shows his disgust towards monarchy and the elite rule. He believes that these are considered…show more content…
He believed that technological advancements would benefit society by lessening the struggle and making our lives easier. “From the day that Mark Twain first grasped the wheel of a steamboat and felt the power that machines could deliver into a man’s hands, he had been an inveterate inventor of gadgets.” (The Volcano, 387) This quote demonstrates the birth of Mark Twain’s obsession with machines. During Twain’s time period, James W. Paige was a man who created a typesetter, which greatly fascinated Twain. In A Connecticut Yankee, Hank is very fond of technologically advancing the society of Camelot. “Unsuspected by this dark land, I had the civilization of the nineteenth century booming under its very nose!” (A Connecticut Yankee, 57) It seems that Paige may be the inspiration for Hank’s character. However, as time went on, the typesetter began to be less exhilarating for Twain. The technological revolution in Camelot ends up as a catastrophe, where everyone falls, including the Yankee himself. By this time, Twain realized the “typesetter was uncontrollable—that it not only could be stopped from breaking types, but that it would end by smashing his life to bits.” (The Volcano,
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