A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

By Mark Twain

During this vintage satiric novel, released in 1889, Hank Morgan, a manager in a Connecticut gun manufacturing facility, falls subconscious after being whacked at the head. whilst he wakes up he reveals himself in Britain in 528 — the place he's instantly captured, hauled again to Camelot to be exhibited earlier than the knights of King Arthur's around desk, and sentenced to loss of life. issues are usually not taking a look sturdy.

But Hank is a quick-witted and enterprising fellow, and within the strategy of saving his lifestyles he turns himself right into a famous person of the top importance. His Yankee ingenuity and data of the area past the darkish a while are considered as the main strong sorcery — successful him a place of top minister in addition to the everlasting enmity of a jealous Merlin. with the intention to carry democratic rules and mechanical wisdom to the dominion, Hank introduces newspapers, phones, bicycles, and different glossy conveniences to the england of the darkish a while. but if he attempts to enhance the lot of the typical humans, chaos and struggle end result, giving a bittersweet tone to this comedian masterpiece through one in every of America's maximum storytellers.

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75 Similar claims have been made for the English Renaissance stage. 76 But however convincing this argument may be in hindsight, I have found no evidence to suggest that it represents a common perception at the time. Apologists for the stage tend not to dispute whether banishment is an apt punishment for dangerous or transgressive art, nor are they concerned to redefine the marginality of playing or players. The focus of their attention is given to becoming themselves the socially responsible power that banishes, rather than the socially pernicious outcast.

Some enforced absence from the beloved is an essential part of the ritual of excitement and frustration. Indeed, it creates desire and allows the lover to know himself in love. But in Romeo and Juliet, banishment cannot be contained within the limits of the sonnet sequence or embraced as metaphor. Rather, it brings the lovers up against the limits of poetry to describe the world by showing them an experience which seems to undermine not only poetic but also civic and social commonplaces. Critics have pondered the question of whether Shakespeare’s tragedy of feuding, murder and exile was inspired by real-life events.

In his 36 Shakespeare’s Drama of Exile retirement, he wrote a number of plangent lyrics on his sufferings in exile, including this poem. As we will see in the next chapter, the pose of the banished man was frequently adopted by the dejected courtier, and to material effect. 11 It features a man wandering, friendless, in a deserted landscape where he is occupied in ‘endlesse plainte’. Perhaps, then, Dyer’s anxiety about ‘Exile’ in the earlier poem reveals his trust in that metaphor’s power to end ‘real’ banishment – a trust that would prove well placed.

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