While humor marks laughter, there exists a darker pain within it. Exploring into the world of Mark Twain’s darkness, it is understandable that he overcame his demons with laughter and humor. From his favorite brother dying in a fatal steam boat accident, to trying to commit suicide. Mark Twain transforms the dark and depressing things in life into humor. While his father was always dreadful and depressed from his numerous failed businesses, his mother was the bright light at the end of the tunnel. Always bringing humor and a smile to Sam’s (Mark Twain) face. Through the influence of his mother, Sam learned how to find humor in the dark places. Creating an escape for his readers to briefly forget about all of their problems, and laugh. While Sam was good at making others laugh, he struggled with his own demons. For years Sam worked in his brother’s printing press not making any money. However, by having to hand place each individual letter into a slot to print, Sam quickly learned how to use and manipulate words in a scholarly way. Through this, Sam started his writing carrier. While not getting much recognition for his work, he was satisfied that other people enjoyed what he was writing. After working in the printing press for many year, Sam went on to sail the Mississippi in a steam boat. These were some of the happiest memories he had, creating ideas and influences for upcoming stories such as “The Adventures of Huck Finn”. From his success of being a captain, his brother decided to join him. However, soon after his brother joined a crew for a separate ship, the boat had crashed killing him and many other passengers. Sam fell into a deep depression, blaming himself for the death of his loving brother. During his dark moments in life, Sam joined a faction of the Civil War. Throughout his time as a soldier, Sam did not see much action. Spending his days exploring the forest and smoking from his pipe. After two weeks, Sam left the war to venture on over to Nevada to mine. Despite his experiences in the mine shaft, Sam despised it. Later on, he moved to San Francisco, discovering his true passion of writing. Notwithstanding his depression, Sam decided to start publishing books and stories again. If it was not for his favorite brother dying in a Steam Boat accident, Sam would have never become such an aspiring author he is today. While having to deal with hard depressing moments in life, Sam bounced back through the form of writing and humor, creating the novels that we love and share today.
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