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  1. American Fiction, The American Adolescent

    This issue of being an American adolescent is linked to the idea of 'coming of age', but whether Huck or Holden actually develop depends on their individual journeys. The presence of the Mississippi River in Huck Finn is of vital importance in both the given extract and the overall novel. 3T.S. Eliot (1950) defined the two major 'elements' of Huck Finn as 'the Boy and the River'. He noted that while the novel owes its style to the personality of Huck, the Boy; the River creates form and structure throughout, making it more than just a series of escapades culminating in an ending.

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  2. Huckleberry Finn Essay

    During the beginning years of the Civil War, Samuel Clemens' job was postponed when the Mississippi River traffic ceased. When Mark Twain finished writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he reminisced about his past and wrote the book Life on the Mississippi. Ever since Samuel Clemens was a young boy he took a liking to the Mississippi River and it is revealed through his fascinating books. (Sam Clemens- A Life) The symbolism of the river is noted throughout the novel. In the beginning of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the river becomes a way of safety for Huckleberry.

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    Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel Clemens, and his more than 30 books are world wide known because of his social criticism -moral and politically speaking-, beclouded with cloak of humor, irony and satire, which conveys to a sagacious reflection towards society, specially the society of the 19th century. Nonetheless, the criticism made in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", novel written two decades before the Civil War in order to assail the racist and intolerant society of the time, was considered too harsh and abhorrent; so much as it was banned in schools and libraries of the United States.

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  4. Discuss the ways in which any two writers deal with the historical realities of slavery. Melville and Mark Twain

    1, 1863 that finally put and end to legal slave holding and trading. This did not mean the end of slavery and plantation owners still used slaves, black people were not accepted into society and illegal slavery went on for many years. Herman Melville was a prolific writer who wrote about his voyages at sea; he spent a large part of his early life at sea, visiting strange lands and even living amongst natives. He became known later in his career as, 'The man who lived among the cannibals'.

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  5. One of the most striking elements of this passage, and indeed throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is the conversational nature of the narrative.

    The description given appears so much more genuine, as we are told not only of physical appearances, but also of Huck's personal opinions of the characters: Col. Grangerford was a gentleman, you see. He was a gentleman all over; and so was his family. He was well born, as the saying is, and that's worth as much in a man as it is in a horse... Through Huck's acceptance of characters in this way, the reader can safely assume that these characters can be trusted.

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  6. How does Mark Twain convey his ideas about right and wrong in the telling of Huckleberry Finn?

    One recurring theme within these internal debates is the issue of slavery. Huck is at odds with himself over how wrong it is to be aiding Jim in the way that he does. In order to realise just how Twain conveys his ideas about right and wrong, we must examine the scenes in which Huck tries to overcome his moral dilemmas. The first scene in which we see Huck make a monumental decision is in Chapter 8, when he first finds out about Jim's escape.

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  7. As significações do rio em The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn de Mark Twain.

    O rio deixa-os realmente ser aquilo que quiserem. � um lugar de frescura e rejuvenescimento: "Next we slid into the river and had a swim, so as to freshen up and cool off". Na jangada, Huck e Jim falam acerca do seu passado e futuro, dos seus amigos e tamb�m de como planeiam evitar os sarilhos que podem resultar das suas aventuras seguintes. Destas conversas, o leitor pode observar como Jim deseja ardentemente a sua liberdade e como tem sentimentos tal como todos os outros.

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  8. Analysis of themes, structure, and social change in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

    Huck looses his idiosyncrasy; Jim loses his humanity and 'strong head.' He becomes the "nigger" again. This is all obvious yet what is not too clear to see is that the relationship between Jim and Huck is the same as Huck and Toms. The reader sees that Jim is a humane, intelligent capable human being, and yet he continues to see himself as inferior to whites and listens to everything tom says, no matter how absurd it is. Likewise, we see that Huck has heroic, individual qualities, yet he thinks he shall go to hell and looks up to Tom in awe.

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  9. Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    The minister's poodle which was in the church suddenly catches an eye of the bug. He walks up and tries to somehow attack it. But he is unsuccessful in the most dramatic way with the pinch bug biting the dog and forcing it to run around in quite a wild fashion due to the extreme pain. The congregation have been watching since the dog first went to the bug, but now they are laughing and have drowned out the minister's sermon. "By this time the whole church was red-faced and suffocating with suppressed laughter, and the sermon had come to a dead standstill."

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  10. Why has "Huckleberry Finn been banned in schools and libraries? " Do you think books should be banned?

    Twain's novels continue to be challenged and banned, but new reasons for opposing them have emerged through the years. Looking back over the debates about Twain's books during the past 112 years provides an interesting perspective on how American culture has changed, how Twain helped to change it, and why his books continue to raise difficult questions today. When Huckleberry Finn was banned in 1885, officials at the Concord Public Library thought it was "rough, coarse and inelegant,... the whole book being more suited to the slums than to intelligent, respectable people." Written in the voice of its young narrator -- who rejects becoming "civilised" on its first page -- and full of various dialects throughout, the book offended the literary sensibilities of the time.

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  11. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

    However there are many other themes, which include the superstition, brother hood and the distinction between rouges and kings and the fine line that separates them. At the beginning of the play Huck Finn is scolded by the widow, his guardian, because of his dirty clothes and sailors mouth because he is not 'sivilized,' and can not be accepted into society. When Huck decided that he does not want to be restricted by the constraints of society, Tom Sawyer has a word with Huck about his tardy appearance, and if he doesn't become proper he will not be able to join his gang of murder's and thieves.

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  12. Mark Twain.

    Another way that Mark Twain enriches the heritage of American literature is by his style of writing in the vernacular, which means to write the way that people think and speak. The vernacular portrays the word in the purest sense of its original meaning. The vernacular symbolizes American writing because nobody else on earth would talk in that way besides the early American settlers. Twain's use of single-minded words captures the reader's attention, making them feel almost as if they are in the book themselves.

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  13. Racism in Huckleberry Finn.

    Many people misinterpret the irony and the main point that Mark Twain tries to establish in the story. John Wallace once said, "It's the most grotesque version of racist trash" ever written. Many readers misinterpret racist remarks made by the characters in the novel as reflections of Twain's own beliefs advocating slavery. However, Twain once said, "One of my theories is that the hearts of men are all alike, all over the world, whatever their skin complexion may be." If Mark Twain was not a racist individual, it is highly unlikely that his books could be racist.

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  14. Mr. Samuel Clemens, The humorist and cynic.

    1861 was the year that Clemens first wrote under his pen name 'Mark Twain' (American author and humorist 1). He got the name from being on Riverboats when he was a captain of one on the Mississippi River. When Captains need to know the depth of the water they say "mark" to mark where they are measuring and "twain" when it hit the bottom. His career in a way all started when he worked at the newspaper offices in Hannibal, Missouri (Mark Twain 1). That is where he quickly picked up his grammar and simple writing skills. From then on out he acquired other skills as he went throughout his life.

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  15. Biography of Mark Twain

    When he was still young, his father's business troubles forced the Clemens family to move to town adjacent to the Mississippi River called Hannibal. Tom's Father died in 1847 and as a fourteen year old, he worked for his brother as a printer's apprentice for the Hannibal Journal. He then took a river boat ride to New Orleans and convinced the captain to let him apprentice, and soon enough he became a pilot himself. His pen name, Mark Twain, came from the meaning that there was 12 feet of water or safe water for a pilot.

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  16. Huck and Jim The development of Huck through Jim - In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,

    For example, Huck lived with his aunt in the beginning of the story. When his father returned to town, he demanded that Huck be returned to him. A court date is set to decide with whom Huck Finn should stay with. The Judge turns the custody back over the Huck's abusive, careless, alcoholic father. Later, when Huck fakes his own death, we see how the society is more obsessed with finding the dead body of Huck then their care to save him from the one he was living with. This goes to show how the society felt about parenting and the father's right to raise his child, even though Huck's aunt is more capable of raising him.

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