Date

1971

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Carl F. Strauch

Abstract

The development of an escape mechanism follows a pattern based on Twain's ever-changing philosophy of life. This philosophy moved from a view of life as idyllic, through various stages, to a refusal to accept the unbeatable evils of life by refusing to accept their reality. The pattern itself is tracaeable in the development of Twain's writings.

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