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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court is a complicated novel that fundamentally deals with the concept of the human experience Hank Morgan is a nineteenth century mechanic who is transported back thirteen centuries to medieval Britain during the time of King Arthur After his initial shock he becomes determined to civilize Camelot by introducing modern industrial technology At an initial look Twain seems to be favoring the industrialized capitalist society that he lives in over the feudal society of medieval Britain But in a closer examination of the work it becomes clear that this observation is much too simple as the industrial world that Hank Morgan creates is destroyed Therefore the book can be viewed as a working out of the idea that a quick change in a civilization brings disaster Civilization and change need to be developed or at least explained within the culture itself in order for them to become lasting institutions Hanks failing is that he believes that he is superior to everyone and that he can change the society of Camelot simply by introducing technology Hank becomes the boss of Camelot and begins his plans to free the serfs and establish a republic However his plans are destined to fail because he is incapable of understanding values that are different from his own he is the ultimate know-it all and sets out to remake the world in his own image He is given the choicest suite of apartments in the castle after the kingsTwain 31 but he criticizes them because they lack the conveniences of the nineteenth century such as a three-color God-Bless-Our-Home over the doorTwain 32 His lack of acceptance of the local culture is also seen through his Victorian modesty he sleeps in his armor because it would have seemed so like undressing before folkTwain 60 even though he had clothes on underneath and he is repelled by the language used in mixed company
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