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By Mark Twain

One of many maximum satires in American literature, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court starts while Hank Morgan, a talented mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England hands manufacturing facility, is struck at the head in the course of a quarrel and awakens to discover himself one of the knights and magicians of King Arthur’s Camelot.

What follows is a tradition conflict of the 1st significance, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the lack of understanding and superstition of the folks, comes to a decision to enlighten them with schooling and expertise. via a chain of splendidly ingenious adventures, Twain celebrates American homespun ingenuity and democracy compared to the backward ineptitude of a chivalric monarchy. even as, notwithstanding, Twain increases the query of no matter if fabric growth inevitably creates a greater society. As Hank turns into extra strong and self-righteous, he additionally turns into extra ruthless, extra autocratic, and not more in a position to keep an eye on occasions, till the one method out is a vastly harmful war.

While the darkish pessimism that may totally blossom in Twain’s later works could be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the radical will however be remembered basically for its wild leaps of mind's eye, superb wit, and wonderful storytelling.

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CHAPTER XXXIII. - Sixth Century Political Economy. CHAPTER XXXIV. - The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves. CHAPTER XXXV. - A Pitiful Incident. CHAPTER XXXVI. - An Encounter in the Dark. CHAPTER XXXVII. - An Awful Predicament. CHAPTER XXXVIII. - Sir Launcelot and Knights to the Rescue. CHAPTER XXXIX. - The Yankee舗s Fight with the Knights. CHAPTER XL. - Three Years Later. CHAPTER XLI. - The Interdict. CHAPTER XLII. - War! CHAPTER XLIII. - The Battle of the Sand-Belt. CHAPTER XLIV. - A Postscript by Clarence.

An Encounter in the Dark. CHAPTER XXXVII. - An Awful Predicament. CHAPTER XXXVIII. - Sir Launcelot and Knights to the Rescue. CHAPTER XXXIX. - The Yankee舗s Fight with the Knights. CHAPTER XL. - Three Years Later. CHAPTER XLI. - The Interdict. CHAPTER XLII. - War! CHAPTER XLIII. - The Battle of the Sand-Belt. CHAPTER XLIV. - A Postscript by Clarence. ENDNOTES INSPIRED BY COMMENTS & QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING FROM THE PAGES OF A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR舗S COURT 舠I shall never see my friends again舒never, never again.

His story resembles the classic European fairy tale in which the poor outcast comes to the castle, passes a trial, becomes a favorite of the king, and wins the hand of the princess. Desire in Twain舗s fiction is narcissistic rather than erotic, so the 舠princess舡 (the demoiselle Hank calls Sandy) is an afterthought in Connecticut Yankee, but otherwise the way Hank survives the ordeal in chapter 6, 舠The Eclipse,舡 to become Arthur舗s righthand man fits the classic pattern. The story Twain is telling, however, only begins here, the point at which the fairy tale would end, because in America舗s new world, social success and even identity are determined by status, not rank舒just as Hank is dubbed Sir Boss by the public, not the king.

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