Mark Twain's social and political ideas
Phlegar, Ruth Phyllis
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No author ever lived on closer terms with life than Mark Twain. He was a humorist, philosopher, prophet and one of the greatest humanitarians who ever lived. His work was thoroughly human and filled with an understanding and love for mankind. He saw the weakness in man, however, and he denounced him for his cruelty to mankind. His vision of what life could be was so high that the thought of what man had made it was disheartening. He found himself confronted by a world where the strong use their strength in brutal domination, and the weak struggle in vain. He refused to worship the successful, and he was too tenderhearted to scorn the unsuccessful. Mark Twain portrays the age as a spectacle for scornful laughter. In his strife for social reform he is somewhat like Dickens.
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