Mark Twain and Me
There are moments in life where we choose what path we go on and moments where we do not get to choose. These moments change our lives for better or for worse. I have had these event happen in my life of 18 years and Mark Twain had these life changing events like when his father died, the beginning of his life as a river boat pilot and the tragic ending, and hearing his servant Mary Ann Cord’s tell him her story. I will be telling you about these events and how it changed his live as well as some of my own life changing events.
Mark Twain was born named Samuel Langhorne Clements the sixth child in his family. In 1893 the Clemens family moves to Hannibal, Missouri, a riverbank town that is a frequent stop for steamboats traveling the Mississippi (Shmoop). Samuel revered the steamboat pilots and hoped to become one himself (Shmoop). When Sam was eleven his father died and Sam had to drop out of school and help his family with the finances (Shmoop). He started working for his brother, Orion, as a printer and editor for the Hannibal Western Union (Biography.com Editors). Although he was working under his brother Orion, he was not paid adequately and received only a meager ration of food for his work.
This was the point in Twain’s life where he learned how to write on a typewriter and edit news articles. Because he was an editor, he found out what people liked to read and things that caught their attention. He would be able to go in the newspaper business and at 18 he went to New York and Philadelphia and found success in writing articles (The Mark Twain House and Museum). Without his father dying he would have never dropped out of school and found work as a printer/editor, even writing a few articles for people when he was a young boy.
After his success as a writer he remembered as a boy he wanted to be a steamboat pilot and by 1857 he returned to the Mississippi River to start on a new career (The Mark Twain House and Museum). During his...