Roughing It | Study Guide

Mark Twain

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Mark Twain

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Adventure, Comedy, Memoir

Perspective and Narrator

The events of Roughing It are narrated in the first person by the author.


Roughing It is written in the past tense.

About the Title

Mark Twain lived and traveled in the West while it was still the lawless Wild West. The "civilized" East where Twain began his journey offered creature comforts and law-abiding citizens, while the West was often dirty, uncomfortable, and downright dangerous, due in part to outlaws and displaced Native Americans. Life was not easy in the West; hence, Twain was "roughing it."


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