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Mark Twain Essay

Mark Twain Essay

David Wilson, Hank, and Technology

Both Hank and David Wilson used science and technology to their advantage. In the novel Pudd’nhead Wilson, David Wilson is both a lawyer and a man of science. He was witty and intelligent, setting he apart from the people of Dawson’s Landing. He used his love for science and the necessary technology in fingerprinting to uncover who really was the murderer in the story. He was able to defend his clients and prove their innocence, as well as reveal the truth about other characters in the story, with the help of technology. On the other hand, Hank of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, used technology, specifically his knowledge about guns and fireworks, to survive in the backwardly Medieval world. His travel back in time would’ve cost him his life, if not for his proficiency in firearms manufacturing. He also introduced other “new” technologies and ideas to the people in order to make their lives much easier.

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