The Great Aim of Education is not Knowledge but Action - Herbert Spencer

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Comment by Jason Matthew Scroggins on May 27, 2011 at 8:50am
For the half hour we spent watching this documentary I was glued to the screen. The imagination and ambition of Samuel Clemons was riveting, I actually had problems taking notes. Another characteristic which captivated me about this man was the way he so poetically expressed himself. Mr. Powell has had each of us try and reflect a sensual portrait from a past experience of our lives using words. This art of "Showing" rather than telling, was the first thing that caught my attention about Mark Twain and is a quality that i find most admirable about him.
Comment by Cassie Wright on May 27, 2011 at 8:47am

   It is a true inspiration to see the history behind some of the best writers born throughout time. Mark Twain, who started out as an apprentice's apprentice, was both a brilliant man, and a man of intelligent words. Author of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and its sequel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin", and many other classics. "I am not American, I am the American"-Mark Twain.

   Samuel Clemens who had worked as a printing apprentice's apprentice at the age of 14, who took on writing with such keen interest, that he would publish pieces of his own writings in the paper. A man who went through hardships and pain, a man that kept on going, pursuing his dreams, and working hard to get what he he wanted.

   Writing is history of the past, and the making. An exploration of words, pit forth to give thought on anything and everything that life brings to us. 

Comment by andrew warren on May 27, 2011 at 8:39am

I think that this video was really good and informative learned some things that I didn’t know before watching this. I would love to watch the rest of this.

Comment by Asjia Saunders on May 27, 2011 at 8:38am

Before this movie I knew a little about Mark Twain, but this movie showed me a more understanding of him,his thoughts and belifes.He thought "That god created man because he was disapointed with the monkeys" and " That art could be created out of the amarican language." he seemed like a very smart man this movie is good so far i like it. 

Comment by Matthew Scott Owen on May 27, 2011 at 8:32am

Something that I didnt know about Mark Twain was the fact that he was a phenomenal writer. What he thought was, art can be created from the american language, and something that believed was that God created man because he was disappointed in the monkey.

Comment by Johnna Miller on May 27, 2011 at 8:32am
I didn’t really know who Mark Twain was. I never give it much thought. I do remember however, people briefly talking about him and a couple of his book. And after watching a little bit of this film, I have to say he was extraordinary person, going though all the deaths that happened though out his life. He seems like a very interesting person, with some of the quotes I heard. It makes me want to watch more.
Comment by Jeffrey David DeWilde on May 27, 2011 at 8:29am
I think that the documentary on Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was a very informative way to learn all the important aspects of an American who was born in poverty but grew to be extremely wealthy. Some of the things that I liked were the crucial details that were put in to explaining every important detail that shaped Mark Twain. I like the way it goes about giving me information in a manner were I can easily follow and learn from. I can't wait to finish it
Comment by Kristen Miller on May 27, 2011 at 8:29am

So far this movie has been really interesting. I didn’t really know anything about Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) all I knew was that he wrote books. Other than that I knew little to no information about him.

I think it’s cool that when he was young he had a dream that when he grew up he wanted to be a Pilot on a steam boat. I think its cool, that’s all he wanted to be was a pilot on a boat. And he was, and much more.

Comment by Merrick Lee Luellen on May 27, 2011 at 8:28am
I am always glad to hear new facts I haven't heard before on people famous for writing and history. For me this video showed more about Mark Twain then I thought it would, to hear the losses he endured while growing is painful to hear. I always thought he just grew up wanting to be a writer not a steamboat captain, hearing that surprised me a lot and kinda showed that he was a worker before getting into writing. Before he was a steamboat captain he was a printer apprentice and started writing a little bit but read a lot of stories and plays. 
Comment by coty taylor dawkins on May 27, 2011 at 8:25am

Before I saw this movie, the only thins I knew about Mark Twain were: His real name was Samuel Clements, and that he wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Just form what I have seen in this movie, I learned that he had a few brothers and sisters, 2 of them died at a young age from diseases, he worked as a printer's apprentice, Haley's comet passed over when he was born, and he left home when he was 17, as well as a few other things.

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