Patriotism In Huck Finn

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Mark Twain was born November 30, 1835. As a young man, Twain worked as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. During that time of his writing career, Samuel Clemens adopted the name “Mark Twain,” which means two fathoms, a safe depth for a riverboat. In 1872, he invented a “self-pasting” scrapbook. That invention of Mark Twain’s is the only one that ever made him money. Mark Twain’s most famous novel, Huckleberry Finn, is still being criticized for being racist. Mark Twain never expected nor intended for these opinions. Mark Twain was only using strong imagery to explain to the readers what it was like back then. By 1900, Twain had become America’s foremost celebrity. Mark Twain was one of the most greatest artist of all time. He was and…show more content…
In the novel it states,”I couldn't have felt really and satisfactorily fine and proud and set up over any title except one that should come from the nation itself, the only legitimate source” (Twain 37). Hank holds to a very American way of thinking. He thinks only a democratic vote matters, and that the will of the people is more important than what the people in charge have to say. Chapter 13 reveals a lot of patriotism. It states, “ that all political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their benefit; and that they have at all times an undeniable and indefeasible right to alter their form of government in such a manner as they may think expedient ” (Twain 61). Hank's moral superiority is self-evident to him. It comes straight from the land where he was born. It's fascinating that he mentions the state Constitution instead of the U.S. Constitution. Is that the reason Twain made his hero from Connecticut? Then he talks about Knight- errantry. “Knight-errantry was a doomed institution. The march of civilization was begun (Twain 229). Hank connects the British knights with general barbaric awfulness. Once he defeats them, things will get better... and they do. Until, you know, they don't…show more content…
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