ENG 102 (8)
Research Paper, Final Draft
July 24, 2006
Life is a Dream
In “The Mysterious Stranger,” by Mark Twain, a young boy looks with his own eyes at
the nature of humanity.
Theodor is a young boy that lives in Eseldorf, a little town in Austria.
He has spent all his life in this town, where the people “mainly were trained to be good
Christians; to revere the Virgin, the Church, and the saints above everything. Beyond these
matters [they] were not required to know much; and, in fact, not allowed to”(Twain 1).
are somehow close-minded due to this method of teaching.
He lives in a town where appearance
seems to be the answer for everything.
The people are mainly followers; they prefer to do what
others suppose is correct instead of following their instincts.
Theodor has two best friends,
Nikolaus Bauman and Seppi Wohlmeyer.
They are almost always together and are very close to
This little town also has two priests, Father Adolf and Father Peter.
Father Adolf is
not very respected by the children.
On the other hand, they really trust Father Peter; as Theodor
says, “It was Father Peter, the other priest, that we all loved best and were sorriest for” (Twain
Father Peter is a very important figure for Theodor and his friends.
They believe in him and
feel extreme sorrow when he is accused by his enemy, the astrologer, along with the bishop for
saying that the astrologer was a charlatan.
Since this incident, Father Peter has been suspended,
but father Peter is not alone.
He has a niece named Marget, the one who loves and supports him
One day while the children are playing around, they meet a person that tells
them he is an angel named Satan.
Satan does not believe in the human race, and throughout the