Forty Ways of Twain

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For my Twain Project I picked to focus on the ways the number forty is used in the text and how the reader can interpret the meaning when it is used. When the reader begins the novel, the first thing they read is

“Notice:

PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. By order of the author.”

This quotation tells the reader not to look for a deeper meaning throughout the text because there is no other meaning other than what Twain has written, a simple adventure story, but as the story unfolds the reader discovers that there is an underlying meaning to the text that we as the readers need to uncover for ourselves. Forty is used frequently in the Bible to show test, trial, success, and failure. In my infograph I included quotations from the Bible that capture the true meaning of forty then related them to quotations from the novel which gives the reader the opportunity to connect the meaning of forty from the story to the use of forty in the Bible and helps the reader to better understand why certain things in the novel are occurring.The quotations I chose to showcase in my inforgraph gives the reader insight as to what the characters of the novel are going through at that point of time in the story.

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