The Moral Sense Of Living In Mark Twain's The Mysterious Stranger

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In “The Mysterious Stranger,” Mark Twain expresses his ideas and versions relating to the moral sense. He portrays a society that can never stand out. Twain held that the majority of the citizens seek guidance from outside sources. Indeed, the citizens can rarely use their independent thoughts. He believes that the resilience is ruining the Eseldorf’s citizens and their lives. Satan emerges to explicate the citizen’s irrational behaviors. One would believe that gone are the days of foolish thoughts. However, the modern setting is unenviable. The idea used to corrupt Handleyburg remained inevitable in the modern times (Csicsila and Rohman 94). Twain cites that the Handleyburg inhabitants face immoral activities such as corruption. The stranger attempts to expose the corruption schemes in the town. Mark Twain holds that awareness promotes independent thoughts. However, only knowledgeable people can…show more content…
Satan teaches the weaknesses of the mankind using poverty, jail, and persecutions (Csicsila and Rohman 99). According to Satan, the torture man faces in jail, and the widespread among the citizens of the Trench Village justifies the imperfections in the moral sense. Satan further demonstrates presence of persecutions especially of witches as the failures of mankind to use the moral sense properly. Theodor seems convinced. Theodor starts to see sense. From Theodor’s perspective, the actions of man against the other men and animals portray immorality. He understands why Satan hates human race and holds that man is trifling and asinine. Theodor could not understand why man would behave cruel towards another man. Satan supports the moral position of animals. The animals of the earth are more stable morally compared to men. Satan says that animals are off the hook because they no longer “tainted with the disease called the moral sense” (Twain 80a). Therefore, animals rarely wrong other animals because they lack

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