The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Study Guide

Mark Twain

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the-adventures-of-huckleberry-finn-mark-twainHuck FinnTeenager; escapes abusive father The Duke & The KingCon men and companions; only care about themselvesJimRunaway slave; travels with HuckTom SawyerTeenager; loves adventureGrangerfords & ShepherdsonsAristocratic families; sworn enemiesPapCruel drunk; beats and hinders his sonWidow Douglas & Miss WatsonElderly sisters; try to civilize HuckFriendshipFatherThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finnby the NumbersYears between Twain starting the book and sending it to printIllustrations in the original publication of Huckleberry FinnCopies of Huckleberry Finn soldYear Twain received his steamboat pilots license1859~7174>20MTwain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, is called the father of American literature. Before becoming a novelist, he was a printers apprentice, steamboat pilot, and journalist. His time on steamboats influenced the themes and settings of his satirical and irreverent writing, including novels Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.MARK TWAIN1835–1910SymbolsAuthorMain CharactersThe RaftSymbolizes freedom from the rules of societyMississippi RiverRepresents personal responsibility and freedom from crueltyJimEmbodies slavery as the only black person featured in the bookSet around 1840, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells the story of a boys journey along the Mississippi River with a runaway slave. The novel is both a coming-of-age tale and an insightful social commentary. Huck comes to realize society is not as civilized as it claims to be—especially in its treatment of black people.Escape from Societys RulesTHEMESMaturationHuck matures through discussions with Jim and interactions with others.CrueltySlaveholders abuse enslaved people, while Hucks father abuses him.RacismMany white Southerners view black people as inferior.Huck Finn, Chapter 1hat is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.TMark Twain1884EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Adventures ofHuckleberry FinnSatireHypocrisyEven people who are supposedly civilized” engage in foolish feuds.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Mark Twain House, Mark Twain Museum, The New York Times, PBS, University of Virginia LibraryCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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