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AS and A Level: Mark Twain
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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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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.
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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'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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hucks innocence represents America before being contaminated with the violent southern peoples. Upon embarking on their quest for freedom, the security of Huck is a worry for Jim. This is evident when plays a childish prank on Jim by hiding on the raft. When Huck returns Jim is filled with enormous relief, " I am glad to see you Huck, I could kiss your foot".
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Huck learns that Pap is not a real father to him. Pap drinks heavily and begs and cons the people of the town. "He drank and drank, and tumbled down on his blankets by and by." (p.36) Pap kidnaps, beats and holds hostage his own son. He even tries to steal his own son's money. He had to fake his own death to escape from Pap. Pap taught Huck on how to steal, that school and civilization is bad. Fathers should not fill their children's heads with lies. Even though Huck does steal from people he eventually learns that this is not the right thing to do.
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Also, even though the River isn't voluntarily helping Huck and Jim it acts as a beacon to the voyage, for it is the River that makes them feel safe. In addition, T.S. Elliot shows that the strength of the novel is the River, for, "It is the River that controls the voyage of Huck and Jim...Thus the River makes the book a great book."
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At the opening of the novel, Huck is in a home alien to him. After the adventures with Tom Sawyer in an earlier novel, Huck now lives with the widow Douglas. Huck expresses his distain for this existence, "so when [Huck] couldn't stand it no longer [Huck] lit out." (11) Huckleberry Finn was forced into living "civilized" and such a constraint did not suit his nature. Often times the widow or her sister, Mrs. Watson, would Huck around saying, "Huckleberry, set up straight: or "Huckleberry - why don't you try and behave." (12) Through all of this, Huckleberry was forced to conform and his father, Pap, took him away to his cabin in the wood.
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I owns mysef, en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars. I wisht I had de money, I `wouldn' want no mo'? moves outside the world of low comedy, and Jim becomes something more than the ordinary stage Negro.? By this point in the book, the reader begins to realize, along with an unwilling Huck, that Jim is an intelligent and respectable man, equal with any white of the South. Jim?s continuing demonstration of intellectuality and compassion lead the reader to believe that he is the only true ?adult? or ?human? person in the novel while acting as a foil to the emotionally young and adamant Huck.
- Word count: 617