A Farewell to Arms

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Overall Analysis

The Yankee is a product of nineteenth-century America and detests the unfairness inherent in sixth-century institutions of inherited rank and social stratification. He blames the Catholic Church for providing justifications for social inequality, and he wants to destroy the Churchs potential for abuse by breaking it into separate sects that people could join at will. …

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Preface and Note of Explanation

Summary The preface is a disclaimer signed by Twain, stating that while he does not know for sure sixth-century England had all the particular faults he ascribes to it in the book, he knows they existed later in England and other civilized countries, and the sixth century probably had worse vices to fill the place …

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Chapters 1-4

Summary The Yankee starts to doubt his previous assessment of his situation when a young girl walks by, completely naked, and seems utterly astonished at his appearance (rather than the knights or her own). They come to a village full of wretchedly dressed peasants living in squalor, and they are all likewise astounded at the …

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Chapters 15-19

Summary The Yankee asks which knights were captured, and Sandy launches into a story about Sir Gawaine and Sir Uwaine meeting Sir Marhaus, a misogynistic knight. The Yankee finds Sandys storytelling style rather vague and monotonous, and he criticizes elements of the style and lets his mind wander. They arrive at a large castle. They …

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