Roughing It Topics for Discussion

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Twain's treatment of the "Goshoot" Indians in "Roughing It" counts as his most deliberately xenophobic text. Does political correctness play a role in the level of humor in a literary text? Is the description of the Goshoot even funny at all? Explain why or why not. Do you think that it is possible to poke fun at the differences of culture or physical characteristics of a people while remaining politically correct?

List the grievance that Twain addresses to the American judicial system. Discuss whether these points can still be made, almost 140 year later, against the modern judicial system.

The democratic regime of America managed to get rid of the influence of the aristocratic regimes of Europe in American politics. What is an aristocrat? . Do you think Mark Twain was an intellectual aristocrat?

The narrator of "Roughing It" practices a severe and often sarcastic brand of satire, seemingly...

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