The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Discussion Questions

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As a critique of "community," "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" demonstrates the dangerous consequence of a "herd mentality." Do you agree or disagree with Twain's representation of American communities and the spirit of the nation as a whole, as oppressive and inhibitive to individualism? In your opinion, what is more important, individual expression or group cooperation? Use concrete examples from national or local history or current events to support your argument.

Discuss how today's society is influenced by communal values. Does society today encourage and tolerate individual views and opinions, or is it as rigid and close-minded as Twain's Hadleyburg? Perhaps it is a combination of these characteristics. Use quotes from newspaper and magazines where possible. You can also choose an excerpt from literature and analyze the community it describes. Use textual evidence.

Great detail is given about the opinions of the Hadleyburgians, what they believe...

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