Paper on Literary Distortion

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Lindsay Lastinger AP Language and Composition Coach Allen In-Class Writing-TAOHF March 21, 2010 Distortion of Literary Realism in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel that is seemingly defined by its realistic attributes, as Twain’s main objective is to expose the raw, sometimes cruel characteristics of society during this time period. Twain’s meticulous description of characters and setting, as well as his unique usage of regional dialect allows him to tell the story of Huck Finn in an incredibly realistic fashion. However, Twain’s implementation of extreme satirical exaggeration and usage of bizarre examples allows him to transform this seemingly realistic novel into one that is essentially, unrealistic. For this reason, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel that clearly portrays an example of distortion in literary realism. Using various real and unreal approaches in his writing, Mark Twain is able to expose the societal flaws of the time period of which he writes. As stated already, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel that portrays several realistic attributes; therefore it is a novel defined by literary realism. The primary purpose of literary realism is to depict ideas, characteristics, or states of society exactly as they are, without romanticizing or “sugar-coating” any aspect of the story. Mark Twain goes to great lengths in his attempt to implement literary realism in his novel, especially through his characters and his descriptions of setting. Every character acts, speaks, feels, and opinionates in a realistic manner, and every setting is described with incredible detail. Also, several characters speak with distinct dialects, furthering the sense of realism in the novel. One character, in particular, who greatly reflects a sense of realism through her words, is Mrs. Phelps, Tom Sawyer’s aunt. Her words come just after Huck, pretending to be Tom, arrives at her house. He says to her that he was late
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because “we blowed out a cylinder-head…” She then asks if anyone got hurt, to which Huck replies, “…No’m, killed a nigger…” Mrs. Phelps then says, “…Well its lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt…” Tom’s aunt’s words imply that to her, African Americans are
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