A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Courtby Mark Twain tells the story of a Yankee who finds himself in the the time of King Arthur and, through the use of his wit, as well as knowledge of the way the world has changed, is able to manipulate those around...
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain tells the story of a Yankee who finds himself in the the time of King Arthur and, through the use of his wit, as well as knowledge of the way the world has changed, is able to manipulate those around him. This satirical tale pokes fun at many institutions of Mark Twain's time, with the typical humor that one would expect to find in a work by the noted author.
As regards social justice, there are many examples of Twain poking fun at institutions of the time, most notably slavery. In the novel, the Yankee balks at the concept of slavery as it exists in the time of King Arthur. It is critical to note that Mark Twain wrote during the period in which slavery existed in the American South, and so a Yankee character opposed to slavery is a clear way for Twain to indirectly comment on the notion of slavery as an archaic and damaging institution.
There are a few examples of Twain using satire to discuss technology and technological methods. One key example is the use of gunpowder to create a "miracle" which leads the people of King Arthur's time to think the Yankee a master magician of great power. Twain is clearly poking fun at people's perceptions of technological advancements, as well as their fear of said advancements, in this portion of the story.
As regards religion, it should be stated that miracles and prayer both play a key part in the story, and this is perhaps where Twain's iconoclastic humor becomes evident. The Yankee's miracles are obviously based on his superior knowledge of science and technology and have not arisen because of a special connection to the mystical arts or to God. Therefore, this could be seen as an attack on those who do believe in miracles, a key component of many religions.