The technology in our world has been both a beneficial force and a destructive one. On one hand, technology has made our world a much simpler place to live in, and it is hard to imagine the world we live in today without it. Just about everything we do, from shopping for groceries to paying your bills, to even sending your friend a letter in the mail, is driven by the technological advances in the world today. However, technology is also a huge cause of the world's problems we face today. Nuclear weapons are a threat to the planet's future, and a person can detonate a bomb in a subway station or a building from miles away. Nevertheless, in the 21st century, technology remains a huge factor in the way we now live our lives. This dependence on technology was not as important in the past however.
Keywords: Mark Twain, Hank Morgan
[...] In the last chapter, He burrows into a cave with 52 of his most loyal men and fortifies the entrance to it with electric wires, explosive devices, and booby traps. As the knights approached during the night, they were all killed by the traps, and thousands upon thousands of dead bodies lay out in front of his cave. Hank goes out to try to help the wounded, but one of them stabs Hank, and although the wound isn't serious, it eventually leads to his death. [...]
[...] With this being known, the use of technology in Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court” can be interpreted as Twain trying to show readers how much technology can benefit a society. When Hank Morgan descends upon the 6th century world, he realizes what an opportunity he has been blessed with; that is living in an age where no one has a clue about the modern inventions of his time. Hank decides to use this opportunity to speed up the advancement of the 6th century civilization, and re-invents all the technologies of his time. [...]
[...] Hank's original intentions of modernizing Camelot for the benefit of the citizens start to become faded memories, and this marked the beginning of the downfall of technology in the society he had created. Throughout the story, Hank Morgan had been trying to secretly dismember the Knighthood in Camelot. He also was greatly opposed to the Catholic Church, and how they have turned common men into The knighthood and the Church became Hank's opposition in the novel; that is they were the only thing standing between him and complete control of Camelot. [...]
[...] The technology that he developed allowed him to do this, but if the technology was used in the right way for the entire novel, it would have been a huge benefit. Critics argue that the destruction of the society was due to the fact that Hank craved power, and couldn't see anyone else in that position. No sooner has Hank adjusted to the displacement of the nineteenth century by the sixth than he attempts to reverse the process. It is his particular aim to replace the monarchy and the aristocracy with the democracy and the only title he is willing to accept is that of which was granted by the entire nation (Ketterer 420). [...]
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