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Life on the Mississippi

As with all of Twain's works, there are a number of literary devices carefully woven into his text, one of the most important being his use of dialogue. One of the hallmark's of Twain's writing is...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2012 9:10 am UTC

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Coming of Age Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, dreamed of being a steamboat pilot since he was a boy growing up in Hannibal, Mississippi. He was 22 when he became a steamboat pilot in...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 7:37 pm UTC

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Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi is memorable not so much for specific incidents as for the general impression it makes on the reader as a picture of the antebellum United States. The...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2018 1:00 am UTC

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Mark Twain Mark Twain, the author of this memoir, narrates his own experiences on the Mississippi River in two parts: first, as a "cub" or apprentice pilot in the employ of Mr. Bixby, and later, as...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 3:36 am UTC

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This quote from Mark Twain’s memoir Life on the Mississippi comes from the beginning of chapter 4: The Boys’ Ambition. Ambition is defined as a drive to achieve a higher goal for oneself. In...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 4:36 pm UTC

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I focus here on time transitions because this conversation is so evocative of whiling away hours on this dock. Right from the start he "began" introducing this narrative, "to make up" a...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2015 6:29 am UTC

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In Chapter 17 of Life on the Mississippi, Twain writes the following: "In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2017 4:33 pm UTC

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Early on a hot summer morning, as it approaches Ship Island, the steamboat Pennsylvania is suddenly rocked by a massive explosion. Eight of the steamboat's boilers have exploded with a “thunderous...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2020 5:38 pm UTC

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Early in Twain's life and career, the river was a place of mystery, excitement, and grandeur; however, those feelings changed as Twain spent more time dealing with the river in a professional...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 2:34 pm UTC

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Mark Twain’s first into the career of steamboat cub-pilot is well-documented. He was always very interested in the profession and was fascinated by traveling the Missouri River. However, when he...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 10:58 pm UTC

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[The evaluation of Mr. Bixby as a teacher for Mark Twain will certainly vary if he is to be judged by modern-day measurements or the standards of Twain's time. This response will present Bixby in...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2015 5:13 am UTC

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In Mark Twain's memoir Life on the Mississippi, it is clear that Twain had a love-hate sentiment for steamboat captain Mr. Bixby. It was Twain's boyhood dream to learn how to pilot a steamboat on...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019 12:58 am UTC

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What a great question! When we look closely at how authors bring characters to life—that is, how they achieve characterization—we should definitely check out those three things: speech (how they...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2018 9:23 pm UTC

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When it becomes clear to Mr. Bixby that Twain is not "learning the river," he gives his cub pilot some good advice: My boy, you must get a little memorandum book, and every time I tell you a...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2011 7:12 am UTC

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Mark Twain's memoir, Life on the Mississippi, contains his personal experiences as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain is a pen name) essentially smooth-talked...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 4:51 am UTC

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Mark Twain narrates the days of his apprenticeship on a riverboat in a seriocomic manner that reveals much about his own mentality and the general conditions of nineteenth-century life. What might...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2019 3:29 pm UTC

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In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain presents a fascinating portrait of the steamboat era along America's most famous river. Steamboats brought excitement and prosperity to towns along the...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2021 10:35 pm UTC

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In his memoir, Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain explains that he spent his childhood admiring everyone that worked on a steamboat, but most of all, he admired the steamboat pilots. Whenever a...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019 8:50 am UTC

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The answer to your question is that the paragraphs are united by the contradiction that drives the theme forward: That this night watch had enthralled the voyager with the story about his origins,...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2015 7:23 pm UTC

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Twain's book Life on the Mississippi gives us the most comprehensive picture of what a riverboat pilot's life was like, especially because Twain himself was a licensed pilot and identified with the...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2011 7:28 pm UTC

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In Twain's famous work, "Life on the Mississippi," Bixby's statement, as he tries to teach Twain how to pilot the Mighty Mississippi River is probably not as much of an exaggeration as it might...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 5:43 am UTC

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Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi is both a memoir and travel book described as "a great grab-bag of a book" that recalls Twain's youth when he learned to navigate the mighty Mississippi and...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2015 5:14 pm UTC

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In chapter 4, Twain describes Hannibal, Missouri, sometimes as a village and sometimes as a town. It is a very rural, sleepy, quaint place. For example, he describes a "white town drowsing in the...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019 1:09 pm UTC

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In Life on the Mississippi, Twain introduces us to a bizarre natural phenomenon. Apparently, the Mississippi River can make "prodigious jumps" by cutting through narrow strips of land and, in the...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2021 8:56 am UTC

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After he has had the experience of meeting many a captain and other interesting individuals, Twain considers himself fortunate for having done so because whenever he reads about a certain...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2015 8:11 pm UTC

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Life on the Mississippi was not written to be one self-contained novel from beginning to end. It is a series of anecdotes, presenting a variety of incidents and the learning experiences of a young...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012 6:38 pm UTC

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On his train ride from New York to St. Louis in chapter 22 of Life on the Mississippi, Twain first notes that grace and picturesqueness in the dress of both men and women "drop gradually out of it...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 1:29 pm UTC

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In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain states that his overriding ambition as a boy was to be a steamboatman, an ambition he shared with his friends. To be sure, these young lads weren't exactly...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019 9:19 am UTC

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Twain makes it clear that his ambition to work on a steamboat was not unique to him: it was something that every boy wanted to be. It is important to recognise that this youthful ambition was a...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2013 4:39 am UTC

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Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi has relevance beyond its ostensible purpose of telling about Twain’s travels on a riverboat. It has continued to fascinate readers since its publication for its...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 4:15 am UTC

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Mark Twain recounts the years he spent working on Mississippi River boats, first as a trainee and then as a pilot. At the time, he used his real name, Samuel Clemens. Twain got to know a diverse...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 1:11 am UTC

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I think that the way in which Twain depicts Brown ends up elevating Bixby's role as teacher or mentor. The experiences that Twain has with Brown represents some of the worst aspects of...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2015 7:26 pm UTC

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In this description of Twain's childhood and his memories of growing up on the banks of the Mississippi, one of the most powerful memories that Twain has is of the way that a steamboat was greeted...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2013 4:46 am UTC

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Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi ends with "A Legend of White-Bear Lake." This legend tells of a young Indian warrior who was in love with the chief's daughter. After repeatedly being refused...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 2:49 pm UTC

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The answer is in chapter 6 of the book. The narrator has always longed for a trip down the Mississippi and finally this dream comes true when he gets on the steamboat Paul Jones. He decides to sail...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2018 1:17 am UTC

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The principal aim of Mark Twain’s autobiography, Life On The Mississippi, seems to be to immortalize an aspect of the American Experience that had, since the advent of new technologies such as...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 3:08 pm UTC

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Published in 1883 and totaling to a whopping sixty chapters, Life on the Mississippi is one of Mark Twain's most famous works.To write a chapter summary for each chapter of the book requires you to...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020 9:55 pm UTC

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Composing a reflection paper can be an enjoyable writing experience because it invites one's own personal reactions and thoughts into the writing process. For, a reflection paper integrates what...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2014 6:35 pm UTC

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Twain remembers well the most valuable lesson he learned as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi: you have to know the entire river by heart, you have to learn it like your A.B.C. He compares the...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 7:47 am UTC

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Mr. Bixby.

Latest answer posted April 1, 2013 4:49 am UTC

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In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain details the narrator’s coming of age through the process of learning to be a steamboat pilot, which fulfilled his boyhood dream. He presents this way of life...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 7:22 pm UTC

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