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AS and A Level: Mark Twain
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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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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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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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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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During the pre-civil war time, slavery had become a prominent aspect of southern life, where slaves were expected to unquestioningly obey their masters or else there would have been consequences such as physical beatings and whippings to face. Thus slavery had become a way of life for Southern African Americans. With the booming cotton industry, the South gradually became dependent on the use of slavery. Slavery provided significantly cheap labor to help produce cotton. Gradually slavery became a socially acceptable practice.
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