A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: Theme Analysis
As may be seen by this example of baseball-playing knights, this dislike of chivalry is also the main source of humor in the novel. One of the many other instances of this type of ridicule may be seen when Hank describes how uncomfortable and impractical the armor is when travelling by horse.
It is possible to glimpse a contradiction in Hank's hatred of this code, however, as he is only ever praiseworthy of Sir Launcelot (although he is barely referred to in the course of the novel). He is also complimentary to King Arthur (for once) when the king displays his commitment to honor when helping the woman who is dying from small pox.
Once he gains a foothold in the Camelot hierarchy, Hank is quick to ensure he sets up schools and academies. His value for education is reflected in his actions. Taking a step back from this character, it is possible to see that this novel acts as a treatise for the benefits of education and Hank is the means to voice such opinions.
Further to these specific points concerned with justice and fairness, there is the underlying and constant concern for equality. Hank's wish for equality is at times contradictory, though, as he claims to want a republic and votes for every man, yet enjoys and takes advantage of the title Sir Boss that is bestowed upon him.
Science in opposition to superstition
He is astounded how people do not ask for evidence and cannot understand why they practice blind faith in the narrator of stories.
It is possible to argue that Hank offers an obstinately subjective point of view, as he is never self-questioning about how he uses these superstitions for his own ends. He depends on the gullibility of the population for his own purposes as he uses his superior understanding of technology to impress them.