• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Huckelberry Finn - Chapter 1 Commentary.

Extracts from this document...


HUCKELBERRY FINN Chapter 1 Commentary "There were things he stretched, but mainly he told the truth." Straight away Twain shows us the irony and hypocrisy of American society through the eyes of the young and innocent Huck. For Twain's story to come out as he has intended the voice of the narrator is a crucial part. Twain has deliberately chosen a 13-year-old boy as the first person narrator to give the reader a greater sense of belief and trust which Huck quickly gains through his innocence. A young boy such as Huck would be less influenced by the world around him and, therefore, he will be telling the story straight from the heart and what he truly believes in. His vision isn't clouded by the 'sivilised' society, which Twain perhaps purposely uses to symbolise the way in which American society attempts to place people into a certain stereotype. ...read more.


All Huck wants is 'to go somewhere' and he 'warn't particular'. He is so desperate to get away from the society that is constricting him that Huck wishes he was at the 'bad place'. Twain perhaps uses Miss Watson's criticism of Tom Sawyer going to the good place 'not by a considerable light' as a way to emphasize Huck's fear of being lonely. Huck is very glad at this thought because he wants 'Tom and [him] to be together'. Perhaps one of Twain's greatest concerns about America's society is its evident hypocrisy. This is greatly exemplified by the widow's ban on smoking because it was a 'mean practice and wasn't clean' while she herself 'took snuff too'. As she has authority others are willing to ignore her faults and 'of course that was all right, because she done it herself', whereas Huck is compelled to follow the rules, only because he has not yet been 'sivilised'. ...read more.


'I heard an owl, away off, who-whooing about somebody that was dead, and a whippowill and a dog crying about somebody that was going to die', all add to the lonely mood that Huck is feeling at the time and his wish that '[he] had some company'. Through Huck Twain is also able to express his views of racism in American society at the time. The use of the word 'nigger' shows the acceptance of the term. Huck's observation that 'things go better' when 'mixed up' seems to refer to the racial segregation. Twain is perhaps portraying his view that society would be a better place if we all 'mix up' and 'swap around'. As the society in which Huck is being bought up in slowly attempts to 'sivilise' him, Huck's character and values seem to grow stronger. As he fights against the society that is attempting to take away his individualism, Huck is determined to stay true to himself and tell the truth, with as little 'stretches' as possible. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Mark Twain section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Mark Twain essays

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

    I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd 'a' knowed it would make him feel that way," ( ). The mere fact that Huck is regretful for hurting Jim, a black slave, shows Jim's impact on him, the "pinch of conscience" (Poirier 6)

  2. Discuss and analyse the role and importance of the river in Twain’s The Adventures ...

    Jim in particular, sees the river as his means of freedom, as his life, more than any in the novel, has been the most restricted through slavery. issues of slavery go here The raft appears to be one of sovernity, which Huck and Jim take pleasure in.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work