Mark Twain’s “Corn-Pone Opinions”: An Editorial History and an. Edition of the Restored Text. I suppose that in more cases than we should like to admit, we have. In his text Corn-Pone Opinions, Mark Twain’s main purpose is to convince the reader that it is human nature to conform to what is popular in. “Corn-pone Opinions” was found in Mark Twain’s papers after his death. “You tell me whar a man gits his corn-pone, en I’ll tell you what his ‘pinions is.”.

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He imitated the pulpit style of the several clergymen of the village, and did it well, and with fine passion and energy. No trivia or quizzes yet. Our table manners, and company manners, and street manners change from time to time, oponions the changes are not reasoned out; we merely notice and conform. Its name is Public Opinion.

We know it is a matter of association and sympathy, not reasoning and examination; that hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics, or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies.

Morals, religions, politics, get their following from surrounding influences and atmospheres, almost entirely; not from study, not from thinking. corn-ponr

If he would prosper, he must train with the majority; in matters of large moment, like politics and religion, he must think and feel with the bulk of his neighbors, or suffer damage in his social standing and in his business prosperities. One of his texts was this:. Was the resentment reasoned out?

Mohammedans are Mohammedans because they are born and reared among that sect, not because they have thought it out and can furnish sound reasons for being Mohammedans; we know why Catholics are Catholics; why Presbyterians are Presbyterians; why Baptists are Baptists; why Mormons are Mormons; why thieves are thieves; why monarchists are monarchists; why Republicans are Republicans and Democrats, Democrats.


It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist. We shall not think it out; we shall merely conform, and let it go at that. Brittney rated it really liked it Feb 17, Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.

We may continue to admire them, but we drop the use of them. Lillian Hurban rated it really liked it Dec 01, In our late canvass half of the nation passionately believed that in silver lay salvation, the other half as passionately believed opinionns that way lay destruction.

He was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age”, and William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature”. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I am persuaded that a coldly-thought-out and independent verdict upon a fashion in clothes, or manners, or literature, or politics, or religion, or any other matter that is projected into the field of our notice and interest, is a most rare thing — if it has indeed ever existed.

It is held in reverence. The inborn corn-pome of self-approval.

Corn Pone Opinions by Mark Twain

It will come again, by and by and in due course will go again. Leslie Rodriguez added it Jun 08, It is the way, in this world. Return to Book Page. We shall not think it out; we shall merely conform, and let it go at that.

The historical novel starts up suddenly, and sweeps the land. DZMM added it Oct 14, At the end of his text, Twain capitalized two ideas: The historical novel starts up suddenly, and sweeps the land. His travelogues were also well-received. Does this mean study and examination, or only feeling? Morals, religions, politics, get their following from surrounding influences oinions atmospheres, almost entirely; not from study, not from thinking.


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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Sgossard rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Fifty years ago, when I was a boy of fifteen and helping to inhabit a Missourian village on the banks of the Mississippi, I had a friend whose society was very dear to me because I was forbidden by my mother to partake of it. One woman abandons the fashion; her neighbor notices this and follows her lead; this influences the next woman; and so on and so on, and presently the skirt has vanished out of the world, no one knows how nor why, nor cares, for that matter.

Olivia rated it liked it May 20, bg An cornp-one introduced the hoopskirt, and we know the result. Even a ridiculous clothing style, he says, will gradually become accepted and even popular in culture, and then will suddenly disappear.

Corn Pone Opinions

He mak his preaching, now and then, to saw a stick of wood; but the sawing was a pretense -he twin it with his mouth; exactly imitating the sound the bucksaw makes in shrieking its way through the wood. Half of our people passionately believe in high tariff, the other half believe otherwise. We have seen it happen. We are creatures of outside influences; as a rule we do not think, we only imitate. The hoopskirt runs its course and disappears. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: We are conforming in the other way, now, because it is another case of everybody.

Not upon my memory, but elsewhere.