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The Misconceptions that Romanticism Can Lead To Romanticism, one of the styles of writing that Mark Twain despises, can be most often seen throughout the majority of Sir Walter Scott's novels. Chivalry, adventure, and honor are what are most often written on. In these novels, the writer will make the language very eloquent and melodramatic, which in some cases can lead the readers to create and form false identities. Twain blames Scott for misleading young boys; and as a result, allowing their easily convinced young minds to be persuaded and capable of manifesting improbable emotions and ideas. Because of these unrealistic concepts, Twain feels that Scott play a big role in placing the reader a facile position to endanger their lives because he or she feel compelled to pursue the adventure put forth them. Twain's everyday adventures occur on rafts, unlike Scott, who chooses to use a fantasy-filled setting like that of a castle or a pirate ship.

In Twain's revelations, there are no shining knights in white armor valiantly, and unrealistically riding through the night on his horse to save the vulnerable, beautiful princess from dying; on the contrary, Twain chooses to utilize common everyday people using their wit to beguile themselves from the scene. Instead, Scott's characters possess supernatural powers in aiding them to escape the problem. Because of the admiration of "fantastic heroes and their grotesque 'chivalry' doings," the South is not able to industrialize and advance like the North. In lieu of buildings and factories, the South is still engulfed with romantic fantasies; therefore, prolonging their time to develop an economically better off industry. Twains books, like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, differ from the works of Scott, simply because his notions are everyday and pragmatic.

Twain places much emphasis on ideas originating from the...