By Mark Twain
One of many maximum satires in American literature, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court starts whilst Hank Morgan, a talented mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England palms manufacturing unit, is struck at the head in the course of a quarrel and awakens to discover himself one of the knights and magicians of King Arthur’s Camelot.
What follows is a tradition conflict of the 1st importance, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the lack of expertise and superstition of the folks, makes a decision to enlighten them with schooling and know-how. via a sequence of splendidly innovative adventures, Twain celebrates American homespun ingenuity and democracy compared to the backward ineptitude of a chivalric monarchy. whilst, besides the fact that, Twain increases the query of even if fabric development inevitably creates a greater society. As Hank turns into extra strong and self-righteous, he additionally turns into extra ruthless, extra autocratic, and not more capable of keep an eye on occasions, until eventually the one means out is a vastly harmful war.
While the darkish pessimism that will absolutely blossom in Twain’s later works may be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the radical will however be remembered basically for its wild leaps of mind's eye, remarkable wit, and enjoyable storytelling.