huck finn

huck finn - Setting – Mississippi River town of St...

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Title – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Author – Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) When Published – 1884 Historical Context/Connections – Twain joined a Confederate Calvary division in 1861 when the Civil War exploded across America and blocked travel and shipping down the Mississippi River. This experience had a strong influence with the dialect and setting of this novel. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 divided the nation due to the issue of slavery, resulting in a strong connection with Huck Finn. The wake of the Reconstruction period (1865 – 1876) also has a strong connection with Twain’s attraction to black-face entertainment in the novel.
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Unformatted text preview: Setting – Mississippi River, town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, different places along the river in Arkansas before the civil war (1830s – 1840s) characters – • Huckleberry Finn • Tom Sawyer • Widow Douglas and Miss Watson • Jim • Pap • synopsis – tone – Frequently ironic or mocking, particularly concerning adventure -novels and romances; also contemplative, as Huck seeks to decipher the world around him; sometimes boyish and exuberant significant literary devices and functions – themes – Racism and slavery; intellectual and moral education; the hypocrisy of “civilized” society memorable quotation -...
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