But underneath, the book—which was published in the U. It remains one of the most loved, and most banned, books in American history. He wears cast-off adult clothes and sleeps in doorways and empty barrels.
It is notable for its prose, written entirely in vernacular English with rich regional colouring, painting a vivid picture of the 19th Century American South.
It is narrated in the first person by a teenage boy, Huck, who runs away from an abusive father and embarks on a great adventure on a raft on the Mississippi River, during which he encounters a host of characters. The several episodes in the adventure are presented in a picaresque structure as Huck moves on down the river, meeting new people as he goes.
The comical characters and events provide an entertaining read but that masks the seriousness of the novel which is, above all, a biting satire on the entrenched attitudes of southern Americans, particularly their attitudes to race, which was a deep flaw in American history, leaving a scar that has not yet healed.
It has always been, and still is, one of the most controversial Western novels. It was generally criticised on its publication because of its extensive use of vulgar language and then, throughout the 20th Century and up to the present time, for its treatment of race.
The misrepresentation of the race theme leads some to condemn the novel — and Mark Twain — as racist, but that loses sight of the context and, in fact, the novel is, in part, a powerful attack on racist attitudes.
It exposes prejudice by creating Huck as a parallel to the runaway slave, Jim. Tired of being beaten and disrespected, Jim runs away, and prejudiced readers would condemn him for that but the white Huck has done exactly the same thing and is regarded with sympathy by those who would condemn Jim.
One of the characters he meets, Mrs Judith Loftus, shows sympathy for him as what she takes to be a runaway apprentice but boasts about her husband sending the dogs out to hunt down the runaway slave. In this way the novel explores the themes of race and identity, linking them as they apply to the American South.
It is as simple as that.
Ernest Hemingway wrote about the novel: All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before.
There has been nothing as good since.― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 22 likes. Like “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.”.
The conclusions come to within each sub-headings provide information that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a powerful and natural projections of the social contexts. Jan 17, · Mark Twain's masterpiece was his novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," a story of life and friendship, racism and hypocrisy along the Mississippi River in the s.
Huckleberry Finn’s Character Revealed through Conflict. This lesson plan focuses on how Huckleberry Finn’s character is revealed through his relationship with Tom Sawyer and through the conflicts Huck experiences after he is kidnapped by his father. Much of the conflict in the novel stems from Huck’s attempt to reconcile Jim’s desire for emancipation with his own.
Initially, Huck is only concerned with his own . Protagonist Situation causing conflict Conflict resolution Huckleberry Finn T he main conflict of Huck Finn is his struggle with his conscience.
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