My Mark Twain: Old Man River

Publication Year:
2012
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Repository URL:
https://cupola.gettysburg.edu/student_scholarship/15
Author(s):
Grabowski, Amelia Tatum
Tags:
Mark Twain; Old Man River; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Mississippi River; Personal Reflection; My Mark Twain; Samuel Clemens; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Roughin’ It; Adam’s Soliloquy; Ken Burns’ documentary; Sandy Bottom; American Literature; Literature in English, North America
paper description
Flowing across his pages, the Mississippi River inextricably winds itself through Mark Twain’s canon. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that my image of Clemens, my Mark Twain, is as a personification of his beloved river. Twain draws his readers to the water’s edge, seduces readers to stare into his depths, and reflects the achievements and failings of humanity. Furthermore, like the Mississippi River, Twain embeds himself in the American psyche.