Destiny Manifested Through Force

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Clint Pew
Dr. Boon
ENG 370
9.1.2013
Destiny Manifested Through Force A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court has much to say about Hank Morgan’s allegiance to the embodiment of the nineteenth-century United States creed of independence, social equality, free enterprise, and the constant march towards progress. Beneath these themes lies the Yankee’s unbending drive to exact these beliefs on a foreign culture with fundamentalist zeal. This is where the dichotomy lives; on one hand Twain leads us to admire a man railing against the established monarchy, but on the other, his methods ring of the imperialistic sort. This is the same imperialistic contradiction we witness in hindsight with the United States and Native Americans. Morgan believes the proliferation of technology is the best way to spark social change within (what he views as) a society in desperate need of it. This is the age old ideal stating forward moral progression is connected somehow to technological progression. It is the same ideal the United States convinced itself of to justify her bloody push westward upon ‘savages’ in desperate need of enlightenment. Morgan’s psyche is all too similar to the over-advertised mindset of this country. Hank is not shy in his aggressive pursuit of power, irate at the subjugation of the masses a couple paragraphs later; he is resolute in his condemnation of capital punishment, yet he practices it; he claims to value every human life, but gleefully massacres thousands of members of the aristocracy. His hope to bring progress to this world he’s been thrust into is doomed from the start because the foundation on which this progress originates is tainted with hypocrisy and a faulty premise of achieving this through might. In doing this the Yankee is creating a society every bit as oppressive as the one he seeks to usurp. He is creating a society rich in…...

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