Mark Twain's Masterpiece "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn"

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Mark Twain and his masterpieceThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn________A Research PaperPresented to Mr. Neilof Chula Vista High School________In Partial Fulfillmentof the Requirements for English 10 Honors/Gate________By:Id #: 937228May 16, 1996OutlineI. Samuel ClemensA. Who he isB. Where he was bornC. FamilyII. How Samuel came to be Mark TwainA. His working lifeB. First writingsIII. The Adventures of Huck FinnA. Story Plot1. The outside of the book2. The inside of the bookB. Critics of the book.1.CharacterizationIV. Samuel Clemens DownfallA. Family Life1.DeathsB. Money Problems1. Bankruptcy2. Move to EuropeC. His comebackD. His deathV. Effects of Twain's storiesA. How he affected his eraB. How the era affected his writingsVI. ConclusionA. My feelingsB. End notesC. BibliographySamuel Clemens was an American writer and humorist who's best work is shownby broad social satire, realism of place and language, and memorable characters.Clemens was born November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. His family moved toHannibal, Mississippi when he was four. There he received a public school education.Samuel Clemens was a difficult child, given to mischief and mis adventure. He barelyescaped drowning on nine separate occasions. His fathers death was a calamity in whichSamuel was not prepared for. Albert Bigelow Paine, Clemens official biographer, offersthe following glimpse of the young Clemens'The boy Sam was fairly broken down. Remorse, which alwaysdealt with him unsparingly, laid a heavy hand on him now. Wildness,disobedience, indifference to his fathers wishes, all were remembered; ahundred things, in themselves trifling, became ghastly and heart-wringingin the knowledge that could never be undone. Seeing his grief, his mothertook him by the hand and led him into where his father lay.''It's all right, Sammy,' she said. 'What's done is done, and itdoes not matter to him anymore; but here by the side of him now I wantyou to promise to me-'He turned, his eyes streaming with tears, and flung himself intoher arms.'I will promise anything ,' he sobbed, 'if you won't make me goto school! Anything!His mother held him for a moment, thinking, then she said:'No, Sammy; you need not go to school anymore. Only promiseto be a better boy. Promise not to break my heart.'After his fathers death, Clemens got a hold of two Hannibal printers, and in 1851began setting type and contributing articles to his brothers newspaper, The HannibalJournal. After leaving his first job he took his printers and became a journeyman printerin Keokuk, Iowa, New York City, Philadelphia, and other cities, and then a steamboatpilot until the break out of the American Civil War which brought end to traveling on theriver. After a failed attempt at silver mining in 1862 he became a reporter on theTerritorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada, and later in 1863 began signing his articleswith the pseudonym 'Mark Twain,' a Mississippi River phrase meaning two fathomsdeep. After the move to San...

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