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Mark Twain's View of Civilization in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court has one of the most startling and disjointed endings that Mark Twain has written and it has been compared to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in how little the ending has to do with the majority of the plot From a sometimes comical occasionally dark jaunt across King Arthurs Court the story veers sharply left into genocide Morgan in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court disdains the civilization in which he found himself because of the class structure religion and cruelty all of which are reflective of Mark Twains view of his civilization Though they both held their societies in contempt Mark Twain understands the human need for relationships and civilization resulting in the characters of Clarence and SandyWhile Mark Twain is famous for his denunciations of civilization Samuel Clemens delighted in society and his family The tension between these two beliefs and drives to be in society and yet loathing so much of it can be seen in the character of Morgan Morgans distaste for the old English civilization is fairly clear from early on in the novel He is struck by the ignorance and gullibility of the peopleThere did not seem to be brains enough in the entire nursery so to speak to bait a fish-hook with but you didnt seem to mind that after a little because you soon saw that brains were not needed in a society like that and indeed would have marred it hindered it spoiled its symmetry perhaps rendered its existence impossibleTwain 20 While Morgan sees some symmetry perhaps even beauty in the noble court he is unable to look past their various shortcomings Morgan is taken aback by the violence and cruelty present in the culture as seen in his description of courtly jousting and its audiencesThose banks of beautiful ladies shining in their barbaric splendors would see a knight sprawl from his horse in the lists
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