My current problem is deciding which of the two conclusions I've written I'm going to append to the Pudd'nhead Wilson chapter. I don't mean "conclusions" as in "concluding paragraphs," either. I mean "conclusions" as in "what I think Twain is up to in the final chapter vis-a-vis race and American culture." On Tuesday, I found a pessimism tinged with commonplace racism more convincing. This morning, I'm inclined to consider his racism idiosyncratic and profound. To aid others who may be in a similar plight, I thought I might diagram my pain for general
Coming to a conclusion in an academic essay is very much like looking at the red square pictured below. Stare at it until it pops:
Now focus on the other red square until it does:
Then first again:
And the second:
Now both simultaneously:
Until it turns into one of these things:
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