As the protagonist of a fanciful, delightful story that can be read either as pure entertainment or for social criticism, Twain's Yankee is a simple American folk character that confronts nobility and knighthood. It is also a satire on nostalgia.

This concise supplement to Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" helps students understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.