What is Mark Twain saying about "Man."? What does he think of man? How does he define Man?
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Through a dialogue between an Old man and a Young man, Mark Twain illustrates his idea of what "Man" is. The Old Man tries to convince the Young Man that "Man" is no more than a machine. In this passage, Mark Twain defines "Man" as an "impersonal engine," with every opinion and action caused by inherent qualities or outside influences. Twain does not believe that Man can attribute any of his actions or opinions to his own merits, because they are caused by his inherent qualities or actions by ...