Huck Finn Literary Essay - Name Date Ms Santangelo English...

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Name __________________________________ Date _______________________ Ms. Santangelo English 11R Literary Essay for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Directions: Choose one of the following questions to respond to in a 3-5 page essay. 1. Ernest Hemingway says "All American literature came from Huck Finn" and by that he means the use of language as people spoke it and the realistic handling of previously ta- boo subjects (child abuse, hypocrisy in the South, ignorance and racism, friendship between an African American man and a white boy). Address Twain’s style and use of vernacular/colloquialisms that combined to satirize the social conventions of the 1840’s. Choose at least three historical subjects that he satirizes. Give historical background on the subjects through research. Focus on his use of imagery, word choice and use of irony. 2. Jim is/is not a fully developed, realistic African-American runaway slave from the 1840’s. If not, what possible reasons or failings did Twain show in not depicting him realistically. If he is realistic explain why.
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