Mark twain

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Mark Twain : Satire and Personal Feelings November 30, 1835 was the day that Florida, Missouri had its biggest resident born. Although he would only stay there for four, years this little town would be in the record books forever. His father moved the family to Hannible, Missouri in the autumn of 1839(Miller x ). His experiences in this small town would help him to write some of his greatest novels. Twain's best work was often characterized by broad, irreverent humor, realism, love of democracy, and a strong hatred of shame and oppression. At least one of those characterizations were evident in all of Mark Twain's novels and books, along with his speeches and short stories.

It was Twain's humor and satire that first brought him national fame as a writer. His book The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches, published in 1867, was his humorous stories of life that existed on the frontier (Twain 126).

That year his humor and satire allowed him to be able to travel around the world to speak to people. He wrote of these speeches and his travels in Innocents Abroad. This piece published in 1869, poked fun at all the European Cultures that usually impressed many American Tourists(126). After being married in 1870, his humor and satire began to improve. This is when he wrote what is thought to be his best work; pieces like : Roughing It, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi and Huckleberry Finn along with other great pieces. Roughing It, the first piece produced in this amazing part of his life, was merely about his adventures of being a miner and journalist in his early years(127). This was his first example of how he used his life experiences to shape and create...