Role of Narrator in Huckleberry Finn and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

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Comparative Essay

Paul Chun En Ci (17)
6.12 Jericho

Compare the narrator’s role in two or three novels or short stories you have studied.

        The narrator’s role in every novel is different and authors use the narrator of the book to instill a certain response from the reader. For this essay, I will be comparing and contrasting the narrator’s role in the two novels “Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.

        “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, written by Mark Twain, is a novel about a 13 year-old boy who is from a Southern American family. The novel follows his adventures as he tries to escape his father (Pap) and travels down the river on a raft. It is interesting how Mark Twain uses Huckleberry Finn to narrate the novel. Huckleberry Finn is only a 13 year-old boy and he sees the world very simply, seeing it just as his five senses tells him.

By using Huckleberry Finn as the narrator, Twain is also able to create humor and satire in the novel. This satire helps to expose the hypocrisies of the Southern American society and criticize it. By using Huck as the narrator, he is also able to allow the reader to see things from Huck’s point of view and not only sympathize but empathize with him too. This empathy is important as it allows the reader to understand what Huckleberry Finn is going through and why he does the things he do according to his environment. By helping the reader understand what Huck is going through, Twain fulfils his purpose of helping the readers look inwards and identify with the issues discussed.

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        Mark Twain writes “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in the first person. By writing the novel in the first person, Twain is able to give the reader a personal feel to the story, allowing the reader to be more absorbed into the story. The use of Huck’s point of view also gives the reader the feeling that the reader is getting the insider’s view and that the narrator is someone who really knows the situation. This further helps the reader to identify with the issues as they feel as though they are a part of the story rather than a ...

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