Twain’s Huckleberry Finn

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Frieden 1 Alex Frieden Myers/Neely Advanced English 11 pd 8 March 2006 Huckleberry Finn: Enjoyable and Insightful Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is one of America’s most cherished and studies fictional works. However, it is also one of this country’s most controversial. Thoroughly entertaining and witty without fault, Twain’s story is perfect for a pleasurable read. But, More importantly, Huckleberry Finn is an extensive commentary on the ills of society. It gives the reader perspective not only on the issue of slavery but on racism and morality on the whole. Through Huck’s eyes we see the black character, Jim, living and surviving in the culture of the Deep South. The story is centered upon Huck’s battles with morality as he makes his was down the Mississippi with Jim, encountering unsavory humans at every bend. Artistic swindles and scathingly close evasions riddle the story’s plot line lending to a fast paced and unpredictable read. The book is entitled the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with good reason. It truly is an adventure on all levels. Mark Twain, creator of the legendary Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, was no stranger to his subject matter. He lived it. Twain was born in Florida, Missouri and was raised in the small Mississippi river town of Hannibal. He spent his childhood living in harmony with the sound of steamboats and flowing Mississippi water. His childhood is reflected in that of the character Huckleberry Finn. Most of Huck Finn’s infamous exploits occur on the raging river herself. Twain knew the Mississippi and her culture
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Frieden 2 like the back of his hand. A steamboat captain for many years he has the ability to provide unparalleled insight into the great River’s way of life. When the story commences Huckleberry Finn is introduced as one of the member’s of Tom Sawyer’s mischievous brood of juvenile bandits. The reader soon learns that his life is far more complicated. In the midst of a custody battle, Huck is locked up in the woods by his father where, after enduring the drunkard’s abuse, He successfully fakes his own death and escapes. The story’s plot continues when he allies himself with Jim, a runaway slave. The two travel down the Mississippi with the intent of
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course ENGL 168 taught by Professor Aberle,danielle during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.

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