Writing Styles of Jack London and Mark Twain

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I recently read two very well written books. The first was A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and the second was White Fang by Jack London. Both of these authors use similar styles when writing.

One thing that both of these authors do is write the story through the characters point of view. Through the whole story you get the story straight from the character.

On the other hand the way that you see it through their eyes is different. In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court the main character is the one telling the story. He is telling the story of his past to you. Almost like a journal written for you. In White Fang the author tells you exactly what White Fang (this is the name of his character) feels. You are reading his story as if you were there with him. Through the book you are in the same time as White Fang. This is unlike Mark Twain’s book because you are looking into the past of his character.

Another thing the authors have in common is their books are very easy to follow. Nothing ever gets confusing and it can actually become very exciting. The books can be read by all ages and they will keep your attention well. Both authors are very similar so if you like one of them you are sure to like the other.  

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My Take on The Theme of Treasure Island

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I recently read the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. This was definitely my favorite book in my list so far. The book was very entertaining and full of different twists and turns. The book set the stage for the pirate we think of today. When I read the book I came up with two different themes.

First, don’t be too quick to judge a person. The main character Jim Hawkins often would quickly change his opinion on Long John Silver. Also, the squire picked the entire crew for the ship based off his judgment. He was too quick to judge and ended up with a lot of problems.

Second, determination can pay off. Jim and his companions were determined to get the treasure. They went through hoops to get it and succeeded. Certainly in their situation most people would have quit at the worst moment in the book.

I do not know if either of these themes were intended by Robert Stevenson. I clearly could see them but everyone may have a different take.

I definitely would recommend this book to others who enjoy adventure or pirates. The book was hard to put down and the chapters are just the right size. Try reading it to a sibling. They would definitely enjoy the excitement of the story.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court was written by Mark Twain ( whose real name is Samuel Clemens). The whole booked is based on a juxtaposition. This means that Mark Twain used (in this case) two different time periods put together that had a very contrasting effect on the main character.

The tone in the book is often humorous. The people who Hank (the main character) meet are often very silly which is their custom at the time. Hank in turn makes a great influence on the people with his knowledge from the future.

The book is great for your visualization. There are enough details in the book that pictures are not needed. The book is also fun to visualize due to the silliness of the people in the time frame.

The book can often leave you in suspense. Hank’s life is often threatened even though he is believed to be very powerful. Hank does lie to the people a lot through the book but it is normally what saves his life. Hank uses natural events and science to back up his lies.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. My only issues with the book was the political talk did not capture my attention. But, do not skip over it because it is still valuable information to the story. What I liked most about the book was that the story was being told by Hank. I love books where you can visualize what is happening through the eyes of the main character. I definitely recommend this book as a great story that is easy to follow and often funny.