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Reading American literature provides insight and instruction on American citizenship and can teach us is various ways how to live as Americans Examining American literature and art are methods that would help an immigrant coming to America understand the complex and many-sided meanings associated with becoming and living as an American There are several authors and artists that can provide tools for immigrants trying to learn about the American identity but the two that I will be discussing in this paper are Mark Twain and Charlotte Perkins Gilman In the history of American fiction one could argue that no other author looms as large as Samuel L Clemens better known as Mark Twain Mark Twain had an amazing understanding of the inner workings of the human mind both good and bad A partial list of Twains work provides proof enough of his importance to American literature A resume that includes The Innocence Abroad The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Prince and the Pauper A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is enough to cause any other writer to feel a bit more humble In fact Huckleberry Finn is considered by many to be The Great American Novel Ernest Hemmingway stated All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry FinnThere was nothing before There has been nothing as good since Several themes run quietly through the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn a book often thought to be simply a carefree childrens novel Though the book may certainly be read on this level its also important to recognize Twains less obvious motives for writing his epic American novel Twains introductory warning about the dangers of finding motives morals or plots in his novel ironically proves the existence of each This piece was published in 1876 but the story is set in 1835 or 1845 This is interesting because it is written after the Civil War yet
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