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  1. Huckleberry Finn. Over the course of the novel, Huck finds a home and his morals while traveling down the Mississippi River.

    Although the Mighty Mississippi represents Huck's sanctuary, it ironically propels Jim and him southward toward the very slave culture they are trying to escape. Resembling Marlow's adventure on the Thames in Joseph' Conrad's The Heart of Darkness, the Mississippi transports Huck toward evil. While traveling into the Heart of Darkness, "the air was dark above Gravesend, and farther back still seemed condensed into mournful gloom, brooding motionless over..." (Conrad 1). Although the circumstances differ, the idea that they are traveling down hints that they are bound for hell or in the direction of evil.

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  2. The runaway slave named Jim teaches an ignorant and innocent white boy named Huck Finn life lessons through their adventures down the Mississippi River on a raft, proving he is the best parental figure for Huck

    Chapter 9, they discover a dead man on the floor, Jim acted like a protective parent and father figure after he looks over the dead body of Huck's Pa and he tells Huck "doan ' look at his face-it's too gashly". Page 48 In the last chapter Jim explains that the dead man in the house was Pap and Huck realizes that Pap will not bother or abuse him anymore. This shows Jim as a caring, protective father figure that did not want Huck to see how is father had been shot in the back, which meant he was a thief in that house.

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  3. Huck Finn: Oh, the Irony of Society!

    For example, when Aunt Sally hears of a steamboat explosion: "Good gracious! anybody hurt?" "No'm. Killed a nigger." "Well, that's lucky, because sometimes people get hurt, "(167). Almost laughable in its absurdity, this quote portrays whites in a callous light, revealing their disdain for black lives. Aunt Sally is a respected figure in white society, not an outcast like Pap or the King and the Duke. Yet her judgment is no better than Pap's comments on his contempt of educated blacks; she simply does not consider them "people." Twain's motivation was to exhibit the horrors of the south at that time, how highly regarded people in society were so heartless, not feeling any remorse for the loss of a life simply because it was black.

  4. Huck finn hero or villian?

    The feud chapters precede rather than follow the Boggs shooting not for self-evident artistic reasons but because we are to suppose that is the order in which Huck lived them" (97). The different conflicts exhibit the novel's picaresque style and are used to relate the story of a wandering rogue hero. Though the story's plot is episodic in nature, there is, however, a unifying factor of the river, shown through the conflict and water diction. John C. Gerber, a well-known Twain scholar, affirms in "Mark Twain: Overview" that though "episodic in nature, the story nevertheless holds together because of the river [and] the constant presence of Huck as narrator".

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  5. Huckleberry Finn Persuasive

    Also what book would be accurate if white people in the south during the early 1800's didn't use that word at all, it backs up the stories accuracy and makes it an overall more believable story and also helps reinforce Twains main notions that all humans are equal regardless of their skin color. He uses it also to ironically show that even the nice southern bells thought that racism towards blacks was acceptable, and should be tolerated. For example towards the end of the story Aunt Sally is told of a steamboat accident and asks if anyone is hurt she is replied by "no'm.

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  6. 'Treasure Island is a 'rites of passage' novel that tells of Jim Hawkins' spiritual and psychological growth from child like innocence to an experienced, wise young man. The Theme of this novel is the development of the central character

    But at the time that this is being written about this is not unheard of. Shorter life spans meant that children where put to work much earlier and Jim would have already been quite experienced in the work place. In the absence of Jim's father, he looks towards new role models. I believe that to begin with Jim does in some ways respect Captain Bones as he does fear him, 'This, when it was brought to him, he drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste, and still looking about him at the cliffs and up at our signboard.'

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  7. Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    After his father's death Clemens went to become a printer's apprentice. His childhood dream was to become a steamboat salesman, and ride along the river down the stream. He had this goal achieved early in life until the Civil War came along putting him out of business. The Civil War forced Clemens out west in search of gold but ended up becoming a reporter for the Virginia City newspaper. While Twain was traveling the nation with his lectures he met his future wife Olivia. While trying to earn Olivia's love, Twain wrote over two-hundred love letters, trying to earn her fathers respect and have permission to marry her.

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  8. Mark Twain uses the plot of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to reveal the truths about life in the South during the 1800's.

    Secondly, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn portrays the appalling truths regarding enslavement which pervaded the South. Twain utilizes his work as a means to reveal the factuality of racism. "Perfectly 'nice' people didn't consider the death of a black person worth their notice," claim literary analysts (Salwen). Additionally, Mark Twain illustrates life in the South through the actions of the main character Huckleberry Finn. Huck, as he is known for short, has never perceived slavery as anything but a natural part of life.

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  9. Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Essays - review

    "The recognition of complexity in Huck's character enabled Twain to do full justice to the conflict of vernacular values and the dominant culture" (Smith 125). Throughout Huck and Jim's adventures Huck is constantly playing practical jokes on Jim who seems to take them all in stride. But unknown to the reader Twain uses this aspect as another notch in Huck's moral 2 growth. Critic Frank McGill points this out: Huck's humble apology for the prank he plays on Jim in the fog is striking evidence of growth in Huck's moral insight.

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  10. The use of Satire in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain was deeply opposed to slavery, yet he does not openly display his views in the novel. Instead he uses the subtlety of satire to bring his message across. In a time where the life of a slave was considered worthless, Twain used Jim to show us otherwise. Society considered slaves as possessions with no value other than that of money. However, as soon as Jim is free, he is rich. "I owns myself, en I's worth eight hund'd dollars." (100). This shows us that even though society considered the lives of slaves worthless, the monetary value that they put on slaves, gave not only their lives value, but also their freedom.

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  11. Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

    He is never influenced by the social views of the time and that is why Twain selected a young boy for this novel and in turn that is why it was so effective. The first time we see the quick wittedness of Huck comes about when he see his fathers foot prints in the snow one day. The first thing that Huck does is to give all his money away to the judge so his father can't steal it from him.

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  12. Views of stereotypes in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    When describing his daughter to Huck, Jim says, "En wid dat I fetch' her a slap side de head dat sont her a-spawlin'...Oh, Huck, I bust out a-cryin' en grab her up in my arms, en say, 'Oh, de po' little thing! De Lord God Amighty fogive po' Jim, kaze he never gwyne to forgive hisself as lon's he live!"(156). In this quotation, Jim expresses extreme regrete and sorrow for his daughter whom he has realized is deaf and couldn't hear anything he was saying to her.

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  13. Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work - Racism and Slavery - Twains' Huckleberry Finn.

    But even by Twain's time, things had not necessarily gotten much better for blacks in the South. In this light, we might read Twain's depiction of slavery as an allegorical representation of the condition of blacks in the United States even after the abolition of slavery. Just as slavery places the noble and moral Jim under the control of white society, no matter how degraded that white society may be, so too did the insidious racism that arose near the end of Reconstruction oppress black men for illogical and hypocritical reasons. In Huckleberry Finn, Twain, by exposing the hypocrisy of slavery, demonstrates how racism distorts the oppressors as much as it does those who are oppressed.

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  14. Huckelberry Finn - Chapter 1 Commentary.

    The language Twain has used is very simple which reflects Huck himself. The grammatically incorrect English. This seems to give Huck more appeal as it further demonstrates his innocence and honesty. Further more, Twain provides us with two contrasting characters in the widow Douglas and Miss Watson in both their personalities and language they use. Their main concern is to behave in the manner that is considered by the society to be 'sivilised'. This gives the reader the impression that they are fake and not true to themselves but rather more worried about what others will think of them.

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  15. How does Twain deal with the issue of Jim's freedom?

    One of the offences punishable by the latter was that of running away from the master who bought you and legally owned you. This is why it is interesting to see that Twain is not out rightly pro slavery but in fact gives nothing away about his views on Jim's freedom. He uses a technique very skilfully to show the two sides of the nature of society and the nature of man. The technique is the use of irony which he has mastered to a stage at which he can show his views on the issue of freedom and society without actually making any statements.

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  16. Compare and contrast - Huckleberry Finn (Huck) and Tom Sawyer.

    There is factual information in both of those statements. Henry VIII did cut off some of his wives heads, but only so he could marry another woman in hopes that she would bear him a son to rule in his place. The part about collecting stories comes from the legend of how 10001 Arabian Nights was composed, which states that a wife of an Arab king told him various stories for 1001 nights. Tom on the other hand confuses information from books. For example, he convinces his friends to help him raid a caravan that was transporting jewels through the woods and after it turns out that they were raiding a Sunday school picnic, Tom tells Huck that genies transformed the treasure and its guards into children.

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  17. Chronological Order & Its Uses in Great Expectations and Huckleberry Finn.

    Dickens and Twain use the serial form of the novel to produce anticipation and suspense, keeping the reader attentive and captivated. Thus, the chronological sequence of events aids in decoding Pip's and Huck's characters, extracting themes and motifs from the novels, and presenting the stories' plots in a clear, organized manner. The past-tense chronological ordering of Great Expectations allows Pip to comment on his past actions in light of his maturity. This conscientious leap tells the reader there must be a scene in the story where Pip expresses regret for his previous actions or implies that he will express remorse.

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  18. Tom sawyer.

    Sid sides with the adults and becomes one of them; he also acts like them, as through lies and deceit he makes Aunt Polly believe he does nothing wrong. The pretentiousness of the adults is shown through out the novel. For example take the part when the minister is reading the people who are honouring him but aren't even listening to him. The adults are totally uninterested in the mass. Tom is bored stiff and needs some amuse meant in the church.

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  19. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn discussed.

    Twain highlights the differences in dialect, education and money between the rich and poor, and whites and blacks. The unique dialect that Mark Twain utilized was one of the main reasons that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a target for scrutiny. While the book was written after the Civil War, the story takes place in a period prior to the freeing of slaves. Twain attempts to give a detailed portrayal of the characters in the novel, and one way of doing so is by employing different dialects in characters. It is a clever device used by Twain to give an indication as to the education level of the character, and in terms of the content of the dialogue, their skin color.

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  20. Many critics have made attempts to discredit "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by pointing to its final episode-where Tom Sawyer reappears and masterminds Jim's escape plan from prison.

    The first swept the world's admiration for the medieval chivalry silliness out of existence; and the other restored it. As far as our South is concerned the good work done by Cervantes is pretty nearly a dead letter, so effectually has Scott's pernicious work undermined it"(Twain 2 337-378.) With Huckleberry Finn, Twain tries to kill romanticism. He suggests obliquely by recording the fate of two ships prior to the last episode of the novel: the "Lally Rook"(222) blows up and the "Walter Scott"(73)

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  21. Discuss and analyse the role and importance of the river in Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    Twain found leisure, admiration, quality of life and the ability to live from the Mississippi, which appears to happen to Huck, which is clearly apparent in the quote, "Jim, this is nice,' I says. 'I wouldn't want to be no-where else but here." 1If the idea of Twain's adoration of the river is entwined with that of the river in the novel, then the role and the importance of the Mississippi is a vast one. The movement of the river throughout the novel moves like water, going in and around the adventures of Huck.

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  22. The novel Huck Finn takes a strange approach to dealing with money.

    The more one has, the more one wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it creates one. The main characters in the book are "have-nots". But they can be further divided into categories based upon the extent to which they value money: People like the Duke and the Dauphin have created a vacuum inside themselves, an bottomless pit that all the riches in the world couldn't fill. In stark contrast to the two is Huckleberry Finn, who knows that it takes more than money to make a man rich.

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  23. Civilization versus Freedom - Huck Finn

    The Romantic literary movement began in the late eighteenth century and prospered into the nineteenth century. Described as a revolt against the rationalism that had defined the Neo-Classical movement (dominate during the seventeenth and early eighteenth century), Romanticism placed heavy emphasis on imagination, emotion, and sensibility. Heroic feats, dangerous adventures, and inflated prose marked the resulting literature, which exalted the senses and emotion over intellect and reason.

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  24. Huckleberry Finn Essay

    Jim shows Huck that slaves are real people, just like himself, despite the different color of skin. Huck gained a greater amount of respect for Jim when he talked of missing his family. Jim also shared with Huck that he remembers beating his little four-year-old girl once. Jim told Huck he regretted his actions and was overcome with sadness, and of how he misses his family towards the end of the novel. Jim teaches Huck that slaves are not different because of color; they have feelings, emotions, and love their families just as much as whites. Sharing this compassionate side of Jim teaches Huck that slaves are not completely different simply because of color.

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