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What type of writer was Mark Twain? What genre of literature did he write.

 

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MarkTwain wrote humorous ironic stories that were embedded with satire. His aim always was to expose some one or more aspects of Western society that were not adhering to the moral and ethical code that Twain perceived America to be founded upon. For example, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" are satires.

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Very distinctly American, Twain set the benchmark for American satire and parody.  (The scenes with the King and the Duke in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are classic.)  Will Rogers could not have had the schtick of folksy observations that he did without the irreverent Mark Twain.

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I think above all, he was a social critic. Satire, of course, was part of that, but this is a man who, using one form of criticism or another, skewered religion, big business, racism, class inequality, imperialism, and just about every social ill of his time. He was by no means the first American to engage in this kind of criticism, but he was one of the first to appeal to a broad readership, and he was, in my opinion, the best at it.

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In addition to all of the above, Twain's works can be included in the genre of realism. He depicted America, particularly the South, as it truly was, which is why it can be painful for some people to accept. Though he did write in satire and he exaggerated many aspects of the areas, he was not too far off from the truth. The views of whites toward blacks were real. People may be offended by his writing, but he depicted things as they truly were without holding back for fear of making people angry.

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Twain was also a master writer of dialects. The voices of his characters ring absolutely true in the expressions, structure of spoken thought, and...

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