Two Views of the Mississippi
Individuals might debate that specific learned aptitudes come from instinct over time and from constant practice. I am not positive if there could be any concrete evidence for this theory. Instinct can be defined as something that we do without even thinking about it, yet when we are in a panicked state, we usually tend to forget some of those learned habits and react in a way that truly is pure instinct, having nothing to do with anything we had previously learned.
Mark Twain writes of ceasing to note the beauty of the river while steam boating, implying that once you have learned certain practices, they become almost innate qualities. That is not to say that they become instinct, only that one has mastered this ability. When any individual begins a journey of learning a new trade, ability or experiencing a new discovery ‚ initial rapture almost always ensues.
Twain uses figurative language to effectively describe his sense of rapture and awe of the river when he is beginning his journey on the road to knowledge of steam boating. Twain gives the river human characteristics and even its own language by describing the river as having turned to blood‚ or a log that was solitary‚ black and conspicuous, breathed life into his view of the Mississippi.
Twain’s use of figurative language places the reader inside his mind during this exciting experience he once had. The wonder and pure awe of this beautiful scene are painted beautifully with his use of simile, boiling rings that were as many-tinted as an opal‚ and other variations of personification of the river. In his writing about the river, he has the trees waving, the river dancing and the surroundings of the water glowing, shining‚ like silver‚ and radiating warm colors and beauty.
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In "Two Views of the Mississippi" by Mark Twain, the author recounts his ability to recognize and appreciate beauty in his surroundings early in his career as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, in contrast to his perceptions later in life. He recalls a specific sunset journey where he is able to revel in the brilliance of the river surrounding him, taking note of the small details including the distant golden glow of the water; the simple, yet remarkable passing singularities; and the darkened, crowded shore. Later, he reflects on how his internal dialogue would differ if he were to experience that same voyage again many years later. The beauty he so easily appreciated in his novice years, would most likely go unnoticed; instead, the sum total of his experience and wealth of knowledge would shed a new light on the meanings of the individual spectacles, causing him to understand them in a more practical way; as warnings of the dangers ahead. He likened this shift in mentality to what he believes a medical doctor must experience when examining the human body. After awhile, he assumes that a doctor would be unable to appreciate the body's separate enchanting characteristics, and instead only see markers pointing to the eventual "decay'' the form is destined to. In his conclusion, Mark Twain questions whether the knowledge accumulated in the practice of a profession is worth the loss of being able to cherish the artistry and poetic wonders in our lives.