Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1970

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Abstract

Mark Twain's attitudes toward non-whites are seen to be thinly spread throughout the content of much of his published material. Because of this and because these attitudes are often vague and inconsistent, they are not easily explained. However, one overall pattern to these views seems to be evident. Twain most often vacillates between two extreme views or dual myths pertaining to a given race. These views generally represent popular myths current in Twain's own time, such as the myth of hereditary evil in Negro "blood," and the myth of white supremacy. Twain's affinities for and conflicts between such unrealistic extremes prevail; he seldom takes a center position.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-5700

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

John William Miller

Language

en

Date Available

May 11, 2013

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

49 pages

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