The wonders of Mark Twain

Essay by DopeyCNHigh School, 12th gradeA+, October 2003

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Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn what do both of these have in common? They were written by Mark Twain and were written to show how he looks toward people. He captivates their personalities and the tragic things that had happened to him and the others he knows or sees. Mark Twain bases all his work, such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, on his life.

Mark Twain, his real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was born on November 30, 1835 and died on April 21, 1910. During the years he had lived, Mark Twain had said that "the most important things he has learned were not picked up from school" (Meltzer, Page 3). Ned, his father's slave, told better stories than what he has learned from others and school.

Mark Twain, at the age of five, started school. The school he had went to was a private school. Missouri had no public schools at that time.

Mark had dreamed he would run away and not come back until he was a pilot. The pilot he wanted to be was not of in the air flying a plane, but of being a pilot on the water to navigate ships and boats. He had gotten his dream. Mark Twain became a pilot on the Mississippi River in the years 1857 to 1861.

Mark Twain's father, John Clemens, died in 1847 when Mark was eleven years old. John Clemens was caught in a sleet storm. He had caught pneumonia and died. When Mark's father died he got closer to his mother. Mark had captured some of her qualities in Aunt Polly, a character in one of his books. The book was called The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Mark Twains works are known for their humorous nature and of the characters he uses in...