History Literature / TheMysteriousStranger

7th Feb '16 11:33:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* AnimatedAdaptation: ''TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' movie. Found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGGAjMg9vw here]].

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* AnimatedAdaptation: ''TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'' movie. Found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGGAjMg9vw here]].
13th Jan '16 9:55:40 AM Juneberries
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* CentralTheme: The inherent flaws, hypocrisies, and insanities of man, and his revered "Moral Sense".
6th Oct '15 11:15:25 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first version of the story, called 'The Chronicles of Young Satan', was set in Missouri in the 1840s, with [[Literature/TheAdventuresofTomSawyer Tom Sawyer]] and [[Literature/AdventuresofHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]] playing supporting roles. The second version, called 'Schoolhouse Hill' involved [[SelfInsertFic Twain himself]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow and his friends and family]] encountering Young Satan, who had come to Hannibal, Missouri and later been [[EasyEvangelism converted to Methodism.]] A later version, called the 'Print Shop', or 'Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger', was based around Young Satan becoming a [[IncrediblyLamePun printer's devil]], and showing the [[NietzscheWannabe worthlessness and futility of human existence]] by having him create and then destroy [[CloningBlues copies of the townsfolk.]] The version that we know is an amalgam of the three, crafted by Twain's literary executor Albert Bigelow Paine.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first version of the story, called 'The Chronicles of Young Satan', was set in Missouri in the 1840s, with [[Literature/TheAdventuresofTomSawyer Tom Sawyer]] and [[Literature/AdventuresofHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]] playing supporting roles. The second version, called 'Schoolhouse Hill' involved [[SelfInsertFic Twain himself]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow and his friends and family]] encountering Young Satan, who had come to Hannibal, Missouri and later been [[EasyEvangelism converted to Methodism.]] A later version, called the 'Print Shop', or 'Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger', was based around Young Satan becoming a [[IncrediblyLamePun printer's devil]], and showing the [[NietzscheWannabe worthlessness and futility of human existence]] by having him create and then destroy [[CloningBlues copies of the townsfolk.]] The best-known version that we know is an amalgam of the three, crafted by Twain's literary executor Albert Bigelow Paine.Paine in the sixties. Some modern editions, though, are based on either one of the three original manuscripts.
6th Oct '15 11:11:52 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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Also known as ''No. 44'', ''The Mysterious Stranger'' is one of MarkTwain's last works that he was [[AuthorExistenceFailure unable to finish before his death]]. It was written [[CreatorBreakdown just after his wife and favorite daughter died and Twain entered financial trouble]], so it was much more vicious and depressing than any of his other works. There are three different versions of the work in varying degrees of completion, but all involve the angel Satan using his powers to show how much of a CrapsackWorld we live in.

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Also known as ''No. 44'', ''The Mysterious Stranger'' is one of MarkTwain's last works that he was [[AuthorExistenceFailure unable to finish before his death]]. It was written [[CreatorBreakdown just after his wife and favorite daughter died and Twain entered financial trouble]], so it was much more vicious and depressing than any of his other works. There are three different versions of the work in varying degrees of completion, but all involve the angel Satan titular Mysterious Stranger using his powers to show how much of a CrapsackWorld we live in.
in (though in one of the versions he's not Satan).
19th Sep '15 2:26:47 PM Juneberries
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* ReligiousHorror
4th Jul '15 10:31:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first version of the story, called 'The Chronicles of Young Satan', was set in Missouri in the 1840s, with [[TheAdventuresofTomSawyer Tom Sawyer]] and [[AdventuresofHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]] playing supporting roles. The second version, called 'Schoolhouse Hill' involved [[SelfInsertFic Twain himself]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow and his friends and family]] encountering Young Satan, who had come to Hannibal, Missouri and later been [[EasyEvangelism converted to Methodism.]] A later version, called the 'Print Shop', or 'Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger', was based around Young Satan becoming a [[IncrediblyLamePun printer's devil]], and showing the [[NietzscheWannabe worthlessness and futility of human existence]] by having him create and then destroy [[CloningBlues copies of the townsfolk.]] The version that we know is an amalgam of the three, crafted by Twain's literary executor Albert Bigelow Paine.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first version of the story, called 'The Chronicles of Young Satan', was set in Missouri in the 1840s, with [[TheAdventuresofTomSawyer [[Literature/TheAdventuresofTomSawyer Tom Sawyer]] and [[AdventuresofHuckleberryFinn [[Literature/AdventuresofHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]] playing supporting roles. The second version, called 'Schoolhouse Hill' involved [[SelfInsertFic Twain himself]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow and his friends and family]] encountering Young Satan, who had come to Hannibal, Missouri and later been [[EasyEvangelism converted to Methodism.]] A later version, called the 'Print Shop', or 'Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger', was based around Young Satan becoming a [[IncrediblyLamePun printer's devil]], and showing the [[NietzscheWannabe worthlessness and futility of human existence]] by having him create and then destroy [[CloningBlues copies of the townsfolk.]] The version that we know is an amalgam of the three, crafted by Twain's literary executor Albert Bigelow Paine.
2nd Apr '15 12:34:20 PM BrendanRizzo
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* TheEndingChangesEverything: Possibly. Taking the ending at face value implies that [[spoiler:the whole story was just a nightmare, and that the godlike entity Theodor could make better worlds in the future]]. On the other hand, it is far more likely that [[spoiler:Theodore really is just a lowly human, all of the horrible events he experiences "really" did happen, and Satan made him think he had godlike power so that he no longer knows of those horrors]]. Considering [[CruelMercy what Satan did]] to [[spoiler:Father Peter]], this second interpretation is depressingly plausible.

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: Possibly. Taking the ending at face value implies that [[spoiler:the whole story was just a nightmare, and that the godlike entity Theodor could make better worlds in the future]]. On the other hand, it is far more likely that [[spoiler:Theodore [[spoiler:Theodor really is just a lowly human, all of the horrible events he experiences "really" did happen, and Satan made him think he had godlike power so that he no longer knows of those horrors]]. Considering [[CruelMercy what Satan did]] to [[spoiler:Father Peter]], this second interpretation is depressingly plausible.
2nd Apr '15 12:33:00 PM BrendanRizzo
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* CrapsackWorld: A truly horrifying example. The ending [[spoiler:may or may not mitigate this]].



* TheEndingChangesEverything: Possibly. Taking the ending at face value implies that [[spoiler:the whole story was just a nightmare, and that the godlike entity Theodor could make better worlds in the future]]. On the other hand, it is far more likely that [[spoiler:Theodore really is just a lowly human, all of the horrible events he experiences "really" did happen, and Satan made him think he had godlike power so that he no longer knows of those horrors]]. Considering [[CruelMercy what Satan did]] to [[spoiler:Father Peter]], this second interpretation is depressingly plausible.



* VillainsNeverLie

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* VillainsNeverLieVillainsNeverLie: PlayedWith. Everything in the story makes just as much sense if one assumes that Satan really ''is'' lying his ass off the whole time, and it is impossible to tell whether he is or not.
13th Jan '15 4:13:53 PM Juneberries
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* DoubleMeaning: Satan holds [[ExactWords true to his promises]], and, as Theodor found out, suggesting his words to be a cruel and underhanded ProphecyTwist seems to be his only BerserkButton.
28th Dec '14 2:17:15 PM Juneberries
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As an interesting side-note, it has long been suspected that this was one of the works that inspired ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', particularly the character of Kaworu. Sadamoto, writer of the NGE Manga, has practically admitted as such.

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As an interesting side-note, it has long been suspected that this was one of the works that inspired ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', particularly the character of Kaworu. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, writer of the NGE Manga, ''Evangelion'' manga, has practically admitted as such.
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