Mark Twain Huck Finn
Twain’s Crisis 1876 ch. 15+16
Why so great?
Recovenes of Full American Aesthetic Traditions
Multicultural Vision of America
Sociable Jimmy (1874), New York Times
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: equality, freedom, human rights, natural rights, idea of divine, exceptionalism
(u.s is different), fairness, property, progress, happiness, unity, inalienable rights, national
: nature, beauty, self reliance, transcendentalism, individualism, idealism, defiant
critical attitude, benevolence (everything is inherently good), numenal, spiritual
emphasis, new traditions
: chaos, violence, alienation, solitude, division, rebelliousness, sort of religious,
anarchy, need for social convention in chaotic circumstances, guiltiness, does not believe
: concrete, realism, materialism, moral teaching purpose, specific ideas instead of
abstract rational framework, freedom, importance of knowledge/education, feelings,
teaching the reader, shock factor
-second half of book is filled with more violence and seriousness
-solid 40 pages consist of Tom Sawyer coming back and dominating the story but the
purpose of the books was to avoid being like Tom Sawyer.
Is this Twain wimping out
and backing away from Huck Finn?
Hawthorne thought so.
Does the greatness of this
book rely on the last 40 pages?
-bottom of p. 1 Huck is talking about the type of food that he likes. “When you gone to
the table you couldn’t go right to reading…that is nothing was cooked by itself in a barrel
things get mixed up and combined”