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Magic vs Technology A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court by Mark Twain met with mixed reviews when it was published in 1889 The British especially took offense at the novel feeling that it may damage their history and culture and dishonor the ideals of King Arthur and his Round Table Others called it a triumph full of genuine insight and sensitivity to social injustices throughout the ages Many critics call attention to the cynical ending as evidence of Twains own disappointment with the promises of technology and progress as a result of his financial difficulties Nonetheless in the novel Hank is a firm supporter of the technology who opposes passionately to the idea of superstition and false magic proposed by Merlin In the book Merlin represents superstition fake magic and the old order while Hank is the supporter of the magic of science of civilization and progress Their constant rivalry is the personification of the larger social project that Hank is trying to achieve in making England into an industrialized nation Hank establishes schools telephones monetary industry newspaper trade etc In the establishment of the newspaper Hank sees the beginning of the new era of communication Even though in the beginning he has to cope with the non vivid writing style of his students of journalism as time passes this dryness of the text disappears Therefore the newspaper becomes the most popular way of communicating for the middle century people Thus using nineteenth century knowledge Hank wins the title The Boss because no one else is as good as him in creating magic technology and in governing the new inventions These are the reasons why the people adore the Connecticut Yankee and even come to see him as if he is an extraordinary miracle to which they must humble Hanks popularity among the people worries Merlin who tries to humiliate the Yankee wherever there is a chance But in proclaiming the eclipse and
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