By Mark Twain
One of many maximum satires in American literature, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court starts whilst 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 importance, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the lack of information and superstition of the folk, makes a decision to enlighten them with schooling and expertise. via a chain of splendidly imaginitive adventures, Twain celebrates American homespun ingenuity and democracy compared to the backward ineptitude of a chivalric monarchy. whilst, despite the fact that, Twain increases the query of no matter if fabric growth unavoidably creates a greater society. As Hank turns into extra robust and self-righteous, he additionally turns into extra ruthless, extra autocratic, and no more capable of keep an eye on occasions, until eventually the single manner out is a vastly damaging war.
While the darkish pessimism that may totally blossom in Twain’s later works might be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the unconventional will however be remembered basically for its wild leaps of mind's eye, marvelous wit, and interesting storytelling.
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The Boss. CHAPTER IX. - The Tournament. CHAPTER X. - Beginnings of Civilization. CHAPTER XI. - The Yankee in Search of Adventures. CHAPTER XII. - Slow Torture. CHAPTER XIII. - Freemen! CHAPTER XIV. 舡 CHAPTER XV. - Sandy舗s Tale. CHAPTER XVI. - Morgan le Fay. CHAPTER XVII. - A Royal Banquet. CHAPTER XVIII. - In the Queen舗s Dungeons. CHAPTER XIX. - Knight Errantry as a Trade. CHAPTER XX. - The Ogre舗s Castle. CHAPTER XXI. - The Pilgrims. CHAPTER XXII. - The Holy Fountain. CHAPTER XXIII. - Restoration of the Fountain.
95). If we listen closely, we can hear his unexamined faith right alongside his pride: That word 舠missionaries舡 indicates that he believes in technology as devoutly as the Arthurians believe in magic. To him, just as the great inventors like Gutenberg and Bell are 舠the creators of this world舒after God舡 (p. 342), so the machines they invented can save the world from its ills. The patent office Hank sets up as his first action as the King舗s minister is his equivalent to a cathedral. Late-nineteenth-century America was one of the great ages of mechanical invention, and Hank舗s faith in industrialization and progress was widely shared: A great many city seals designed in this period used factories with smokestacks pouring out black smoke as the symbol of growth.
In the early chapters Hank compares his strange awakening in a new world to those of Columbus, Cortez, and Robinson Crusoe, pioneers in fact and fiction of modern Europe舗s imperialist project. Like them, Hank can be seen as exploiting his technological advantage to impose his will on a more primitive people. He says he wants to free them, not enslave them, and that his goal is a revolution that will make them free without bloodshed, but here again the story his actions tell is at odds with his account of himself.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Mark Twain