Time Travel Paradoxes in A Connecticut Yankee... Essay

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Time Travel Paradoxes in A Connecticut Yankee...

Time Travel Paradoxes in Conneticut Yankee


Mark Twain's Conneticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court is a book about time travel. It was
written 1989 which was before science as we now know it, which tells us that time travel
is not possible because of paradoxes. This is still a good book that has many good things
to say about America versus England, proving that the American way is superior.

America in the day, had just won it's independence and was trying to establish it's own
identity from England. Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, created the first
science fiction novel with Mark Twain's Conneticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court. In the
story a man from the present goes back in time after being hit on the head by a crow bar.
He wakes up and is captured by Sir Kay, the Seneschal (Negri, 11). After an eclipse, the
man becomes the court's great magician and blows up Merlin's castle. He uses modern
inventions like the telephone and telegraph and teaches people to read the newspaper he
puts out. When a lady comes to the court to get help against the ogres who had captured
her and her sister's, the Boss as the man is now called rides off with her to Britain save
them all. After going to Morgan le Fay's castle and rescuing her prisoners, they find the
ogres were swineherds and the princesses were really pigs after all. Which is symbolic of
the illusion that is society (Negri, 104-105).

One of the problems with the book is that Mark Twain uses modern-day technology in King
Arthur's time. If this was the case that technology would be around more today. At the end
of the book the only evidence of that technology was a bullet hole in a suit of armor that
the Boss put in him self (Negri, 268).

Even though over a thousand years had past, you would think some of the machines and
forges the Boss left behind would still be there and found by scientists. The Boss creates
bullets and guns and those would win battles against the swords and spears of the knights
of the time. I know I would rather have a gun then a sword and think the knights would
also want guns. With this kind of weapons, the English Knights would be invincible every
time and conquer the world. Yet they didn't keep the weapons. Showing how the book is full
of paradoxes.

A paradox is when one thing happens that would make something that would happen later
impossible. If you went back in time and killed your grandfather, would you be born? If
you weren't born, than you couldn't kill your grandfather, so he'd be alive, so you'd be
able to go back in time, then. But then you could kill your grandfather, which would cause
it all to happen again.

If the Boss could go back in time, he would create those better weapons, which would make
England invincible. Then America couldn't win the Revolutionary War and the Boss would be
an Englishman and not have the same job and get sent back in time. Then he wouldn't
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