A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Book Review Summary

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In this short novel, Twain undertook to make an enjoyable story for children that also highlighted a couple pet peeves of his own. First, the "courtly honor" of knightly times was, to him, a delusion that led directly to the destruction of several hundred thousand men in the US during the Civil War. He despised Sir Walter Scott and his whol set of Waverly novels with what he considered to be the pernicious themes of knightly honor. Here, he undertakes to show the exact same characters as ignorant, power hungry tyrants. Second, the idea of technology as a boon bothered him. Certainly, he accepted the value of much of technology, but in his view it was overstated in its value so he used this anachronistic story to highlight technology hurting, rather than helping, his main character and the ignorant selfishness of supposed "knights."
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow    -   factions fight within govt for control Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   weapon    -   power source    -   state secrets War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   guns    -   sword fights Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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