Mark Twain: "Cannibalism in the cars" - eine Analyse

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GRIN Verlag, 2007 - 28 pages
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2002 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, Note: 2, Universitat Rostock (Anglistik und Amerikanistik), Veranstaltung: 19th Century American tales, Sprache: Deutsch, Anmerkungen: Zuzuglich 6 Seiten Anhang, Abstract: Die vorliegende Erzahlung, erstmals erschienen im Jahr 1868, illustriert eine fruhe Phase des Schaffens von Mark Twain. 1835 als Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri geboren, fing Twain schon fruh mit dem Schreiben an. Seit Anfang der 1860er war er fur verschiedene regionale und uberregionale Zeitungen als Redakteur und Reporter tatig, und veroffentlichte dort vor allem interessante Reiseberichte. 1865 erweckte Twain erstmals nationales Interesse als Autor, als sein erstes Buch "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and other sketches" veroffentlicht wurde. Er erarbeitete sich innerhalb kurzer Zeit einen Ruf als Verfasser von ..".lighthearted colorful tales..." (Neider, 1990: I) - spannender, vor allem aber humoriger und satirischer Erzahlungen, die stark von Lokalkolorit gepragt waren, zu denen neben anderen, wie z.B. "Journalism in Tennessee" oder "A Day at the Niagara" auch die hier zu untersuchende Geschichte zu zahlen ist. Allerdings entbehrten diese Geschichten oft auch nicht eines zuweilen bissigen Sarkasmus. Diese fruheren Werke erschienen zum Teil im "Overland Monthly," einer zwischen 1868 und 1930 in San Francisco publizierten Zeitschrift. Ein interessantes Detail am Rande ist, dass der erste Redakteur dieser Zeitschrift zwischen 1868 und 1870 Bret Harte war, der Twain so stark beeinflussen sollte, dass er spater meinte: "(Harte) trimmed and trained and schooled me from an awkward utterer of coarse grotesqueness to a writer of paragraphs and chapters.."
 

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Page 18 - ... voice, I shuddered whenever he turned his hungry eye upon me; and when I heard that I had achieved his perilous affection, and that I stood almost with the late Harris in his esteem, my heart fairly stood still! I was bewildered beyond description. I did not doubt his word; I could not question a...
Page 17 - The wind howled, and blew the snow wildly about our prison-house, but they were powerless to distress us any more. I liked Harris. He might have been better done, perhaps, but I am free to say that no man ever agreed with me better than Harris, or afforded me so large a degree of satisfaction. Messick was very well, though rather high-flavored, but for genuine nutritiousness and 1 80 delicacy of fibre, give me Harris.
Page 6 - Cannibalism in the Cars,' 'The Undertaker's Chat,' "The Scriptural Panoramist,' 'To raise Poultry,' 'A Visit to Niagara,' are all familiar favorites, which, when we have read them we wish merely to have the high privilege of immediately reading over again. We must not leave the famous 'Jumping Frog...
Page 2 - trimmed and trained and schooled me patiently until he changed me from an awkward utterer of coarse grotesqueness to a writer of paragraphs and chapters that have found a certain favor in the eyes of even some of the very decentest people in the land.
Page 17 - The amendment was put to the vote and lost. Rev. Mr. Sawyer was declared elected. The announcement created considerable dissatisfaction among the friends of Mr. Harvey Davis, the defeated candidate, and there was some talk of demanding a new ballot, but the preparations for supper diverted the attention of the Harvey Davis faction, and the happy announcement that Mr. Sawyer was ready presently drove all animosity to the winds. " We sat down with hearts full of gratitude to the finest supper that...
Page 17 - ... that Mr. Sawyer was ready presently drove all animosity to the winds. " We sat down with hearts full of gratitude to the finest supper that had blessed our vision for seven days. I liked Sawyer. He might have been better done perhaps, but he was worthy of all praise. I wrote his wife so afterwards. Next morning we had Morgan of Alabama for breakfast. He was one of the finest men I sat down to — handsome, educated, refined, spoke several languages fluently — a perfect gentleman." Enough, I...
Page 13 - On the 19th of December, 1853, 1 started from St. Louis on the evening train bound for Chicago. There were only twenty-four passengers, all told. There were no ladies and no children. We were in excellent spirits, and pleasant acquaintanceships were formed. The...
Page 17 - This decision created considerable dissatisfaction 165 among the friends of Mr. Ferguson, the defeated candidate, and there was some talk of demanding a new ballot; but in the midst of it, a motion to adjourn was carried, and the meeting broke up at once. "The preparations for supper diverted...
Page 18 - He was gone. I never felt so stunned, so distressed, so bewildered in my life. But in my 215 soul I was glad he was gone.

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