Death in the Works of Mark Twain

@inproceedings{Kirsten1976DeathIT,
  title={Death in the Works of Mark Twain},
  author={Gladys Lucille Kirsten},
  year={1976}
}
An examination of the persistent death motif in Twain's literature reveals a strong fusion of his art, personal experience and philosophical conclusions. Death imagery dramatizes Twain's pessimistic view of an estranged humanity existing without purpose or direction in an incomprehensible universe. Twain shows in his works that religious and social beliefs only obscure the fact that the meaning of death is beyond man's intellectual and perceptual powers. In Twain's view the only certainty about… CONTINUE READING

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