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Mark Twains The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is a story with a definite moral or lesson to be learned The lessons in the story are presented to the reader as a parable much like a parable of the Bible Mark Twains The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is a modern parable similar to the stories and parables of the Bible The similarities between the Bible and The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg began in the first paragraph of the story itHadleyburg began to teach the principles of honest dealing to its babies in the cradle and made the like teachings the staple of their culture thenceforward through all the years devoted to their educationTwain1307 The old testament Jews would teach their children their beliefs in God and the oral traditions when the babies were still in their cradles They would know from very young their origins and beliefs But like the people of Hadleyburg the Jews early education did not stop them from going astray There is a similarity between the trials and temptations of the townspeople and the trials and temptations of Job in the Bible In the bible Job was a person who believed in God Satan tempted Job to curse God and he could have anything Job refused and many bad things befell him His wife died he lost his home money friends and even got boils but he wouldnt curse God Satan gave up on trying to tempt Job and Job married again and had more riches than before Hadleyburg was put through a trial They were tempted with money and fame but unlike Job they gave in to temptation Mary Richards monologue sums up how the town did with their trial Lead us not into but-but-we are so poor so poor Lead us not into Ah who would be hurt by it-and no one would
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