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As Mark Twain entered the final stage of his life his writings became more cynical of life religion and the human race He became deeply depressed after facing financial ruin and the deaths of loved ones particularly his beloved daughter Susy Twain buried himself in his work and found comfort only in his writings At this time he began experimenting with such manuscripts as The Great Dark Although unfinished The Great Dark marks an important time in Twains life a time of change To better know the man that is Mark Twain it is crucial to give attention to The Great Dark Through this writing it is evident that Twain suffered much pain due to his daughters death This great loss caused him to question life Everything that he once accepted as reality became distorted after Susys death and his world no longer made sense Mark Twain was changed forever and The Great Dark is a window into the mind of Twain during this tragic time of his life Susy died in 1896 from spinal meningitis Ward Duncan and Burns 177 As he had a tendency to do Twain blamed himself for his daughters death Due to financial disaster Twain had been away lecturing on tour 176 When he received word Susy had fallen ill he was unaware of the seriousness of her condition Soon after Susy died and Twain was too far from home to get back in time to attend the funeral 177 Twain blamed himself for not being there for his daughter The strain of the bankruptcy and the tour that had pulled the family apart had been his doing and he was sure that together they had killed his beloved daughter 177 He fell into a great depression and surrounded himself in his work As Twains daughter Clara recalls Fathers passionate nature expressed itself in thunderous outbursts of bitterness shading into rugged grief He walked the floor with quick steps and
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