|Plot Summary of Roughing It|
|"The semi-autobiographical "Roughing It" is Mark Twain's somewhat fictional account of his real-life adventures in the 19th-century American West. He went west by stagecoach, to serve as his brother Orion's personal secretary. Orion had secured the position of being Secretary of the Nevada Territory. In this exciting, adventure-filled book, Twain recounts his experiences as a frontier newspaper reporter, a prospector, and a writer. By reading this book, one gets a first-hand account from a great writer who was not only on hand to observe history-in-the-making but also helped to make that history. Of course, as is true of any of the books Twain wrote, "Roughing It" is chock full of social commentary and hilarious observations about what he refers to elsewhere as "the only animal that blushes--or needs to.""
Gary L. Pullman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Roughing It|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- very humorous
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Story primarily about
- search for treasure
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- mostly 1st
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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