My selected author is Mark Twain, also known as Samuel Longhorne Clemens. I chose this writer because since we are reading Huckleberry Finn, I really liked how he was very against slavery in Huck Finn, because that just shows to go that he really cares about people for people. He was born in the 1800’s so usually you would think “oh since he is a white man he is for slavery and he doesn’t give a shit about colored people” but he was obviously raised right and that’s one thing, out of the many things I really love about him. He was a short story writer, which lead me to choosing him because I hate poems, so I leaned towards choosing him as my selected author. The three most interesting works by Mark Twain was actually easy to chose. I haven’t read a lot of his stories but the ones I have I loved. I really liked Huckleberry Finn, My mom used to read me Mississippi River when I was younger and we used to laugh out loud, And my last favorite one that looks interesting is Roughing it. I know Twain is a feminist even though like I said he was born in the 1800’s so people weren’t very lenient with black people doing anything and saw them as less than us. I am excited to learn more about Twain and what he has to offer.
I really liked this book. I enjoy this books general idea. Whatever it is supposed to mean, it is an exciting book in a lot of places. It is exciting to see what Huck goes through as he tries to escape from civilization and his father. It is exciting to see things like what happens with the feuding families. It’s just overall a fantastic story and I would recommend this to anybody. The only parts I didn’t like was when Mark Twain decided to make them talking weird like that. I hated it because I felt really stupid while reading it. It is a very slow moving book and hard to enjoy at some parts. I cant say this is the greatest story I have ever read, doesn’t even come close, but I still really enjoyed it. I was expecting it to be another horrible book that Mr. Mcgarry chose to read (No offense) but I really hate some of the stories you pick because the most we read in class were poems and if you know me you should know I cant stand them. Mark Twain is talented to say the least, and im glad that he chose this short story. I want to read more Twain books and I really researched him after we read the story. In class reading is much better than him asking us to read it at home. We really should just read them aloud in class like popcorn reading. It is one of the most interesting stories I have read. Coming from a mom who only read him to use when we were younger, I do know a lot about him. Twain’s humor in this is really dark and deep and I dont like that very much because I like happy stories. Also do not like how his father was a drunk and never cared for him because it was really really sad. I do want to read more of Marks books because I think the entire class enjoyed reading it, even though we did horrible on the test lol. He is a very talented writer and we really need to read more of him in the future.
I thought the poem “The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County” was interesting to say the least. If you know me you know I hate poems. I did not like this poem and not because it was just poem it was because I didn’t find the sense of humor/satire to be funny to me. It made no sense. I think by making people do a little short film was a great idea because everyone did it, well almost everyone. I thought it was a clever idea because I have never seen a book trailer or even heard of one. I think we should have all watched each others, but again was not my call. For the fourth quarter I really would like to do something similar just not a huge project because it actually gets people to read. The story of Huckleberry Finn was interesting. I really like this story because Mark Twain was a talented writer and my mom used to read me all his stories when we were younger because she is obsessed with him. My first impression was that I felt very bad for him because he was literally living on his own and it was very sad.