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  1. Discuss how Twain introduces three important strands into his narrative

    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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  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

    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.

    • Word count: 582
  3. Huckleberry Fin

    There are two main characters in Huckleberry Finn: Huckleberry Finn, and Jim, a runaway slave. Huckleberry Finn finds himself torn between his own judgment of helping Jim escape, and the people around him who support slavery in its entirety. He is in a bad and dangerous situation while with Jim, because anyone might possibly think Jim a runaway "n****r" and turn him back in for the reward of cash, as well as clout for being honest. But Huck is a very bright and creative young man, and uses his intelligence to both his and Jim's advantages in order to save their lives, on more than one occasion.

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  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : His Moral Character

    And went on thinking. And got to thinking... 'All right, then, I'll go to h**l-' and tore it up." By doing this, he is violating the code of ethics, such as social behavior, that he has been taught by society. Why is this? This is because Huck sees Jim as his friend and not just as a slave. He does not want to betray the only person that needs him and has been there for him. Jim is also a father figure to Huck, by constantly worrying about him and making sure that he is safe. There are many occasions where Huck had to choose from whether or not he should do the right thing in his eyes, or the right thing in the eyes of others.

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  5. Critical Analysis of Huckleberry Fin

    {2} While c*x's reading compellingly provides the grounds for understanding the rationale behind the notice at the beginning of the novel, I will argue that conscience, while an "agent of aggression," is represented as an ambivalent force whose effects, while undisputably violent, cannot be dissociated from a certain epistemological or cognitive necessity. {3} c*x's analysis of the novel's depiction of conscience as enacting self- and other-directed aggression and as a constraint upon free choice certainly describes the spirit in which Huck flees from the moral sensibility of the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson.

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  6. Huckleberry Finn

    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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  7. The Many Facets of Huckleberry Finn

    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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  8. Comment on how Twain uses irony and satire to engage and inspire the reader in "Huckleberry Finn"

    Whilst residing here, Huck is forced to go through many rituals which are insignificant to him. This is one of the reasons why the Widow fails in her quest to civilize him. She attempts to refine him through the teachings of Christian values but this is of no interest to him and he finds the beliefs totally irrelevant within his own life. Huck does not see why the widow refers to Moses and is baffled as to why she would waste time talking about him when he is already dead and buried, “Here she was a-bothering about Moses, which was

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  9. Literary analysis of "Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

    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.

    • Word count: 2816
  10. Development of Jim in Huckleberry Finn

    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 n***o.? 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

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