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David James Ford John Butwell English 1020 17 April 2009 Fishkin Summary Fishkin, Shelley Fisher. “Jimmy [from Was Huck Black? ].” Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . By Mark Twain. 3rd ed. Ed. Thomas A. Cooley. New York: Norton, 1999. 375-83. Print. Fishkin opens up talking about how twentieth-century American critics claim that the specific use of vernacular narration in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was able to completely transform American literature. A critic, Lionel Trilling feels that “The prose of Huckleberry Finn established for written prose the virtues of American colloquial speech. ..It has something to to with the structure of the sentence, which is simple, direct, and fluent, maintaining the rhythm of the word-groups of speech and the intonations of the speaking voice. ..[Twain] is the master of the style that escapes the fixity of the printed page, that sounds in our ears with the immediacy of the heard voice. ...As for the style of the book, it is not less than the definitive in American literature. “ Even before Twain began to write Huckleberry Finn , there was not another American author that had used their own self to create a voice for a character such as Huck Finn, a child. Twain modeled Huck off of Tom Blankenship, who was the white, son of the drunkard.
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2009 for the course ENGL 1020 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '08 term at Middle Tennessee State University.

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