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Twain's literary artistry is seen in the techniques he uses to depict Injun Joe. He never comments  directly on Injun Joe's evil. Instead, he shows how evil Injun Joe is by the boys' reaction to him. Here  are two boys in the cemetery at midnight: Thoughts of dead people don't scare them. Thoughts of  ghosts don't scare them. Even thoughts of the devil don't scare them. But they are pushed to panic  by the presence of Injun Joe. Their reaction to his presence is more effective than a straightforward  statement of his evil would be. In this chapter, the two boys flee from the murder scene, "speechless with horror." They are  confronted with real evil and with the realization that if they tell, their lives will be in jeopardy. This  situation contrasts dramatically with their make-believe adventures in which death is an exciting--and  imaginary--prospect. To protect themselves, the boys agree to remain silent, and they make a 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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