It also led to the book being banned from schools, dropped from library shelves, and condemned in communities. Yet Huck himself tells a number of lies and even cons a few people, most notably the slave-hunters, to whom he makes up a story about a smallpox outbreak in order to protect Jim. Mark Twain was incredibly influential on American literature While interesting and clearly an effective element in the accurate portrayal of the people and culture of an area, the use of dialect seemed crass to many, and the frank language and inclusion of one particular racial slur led some to conclude that, in fact, the book was racist. Both were such new words to them. On some level, Huck is very aware of the social constraints around him - the general lack of universal acceptance. What is the modern symbol for Mississippi River, that powerful current that pulls the nation with it? Honor The theme of honor permeates the novel after first being introduced in the second chapter, where expresses his belief that there is a great deal of honor associated with thieving.
Here Huck recognizes that has broken the Golden Rule of Christianity, which states, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When Huck acts in a manner contrary to societal expectations, it is the Widow Douglas whom he fears disappointing. An archetype so to speak. Ironically, Huck often knows better than the adults around him, even though he has lacked the guidance that a proper family and community should have offered him. The Mississippi River The Mississippi River could be Twain's third main character in this novel - it's ever-present, it's ever-changing, and it's ever-complicated. Twain shows how a strict adherence to these romantic ideals is ultimately dangerous: Tom is shot, Emmeline dies, and the Shepherdsons and Grangerfords end up in a deadly clash.
But, on a deeper level, Jim is not what he seems. The younger man, who is about thirty, claims to be the usurped Duke of Bridgewater. I bought it and read the Introduction by Robert G. Ironically, it is that very language that so upsets Black readers that the very essence of the true message of the novel is lost. Only in the final section of the novel does Twain develop the central conflict concerning slavery: should Huck free Jim and then be condemned to hell? His moral development is sharply contrasted to the character of Tom Sawyer, who is influenced by a bizarre mix of adventure novels and Sunday-school teachings, which he combines to justify his outrageous and potentially harmful escapades. To prevent being sold and forced to separate from his family, Jim runs away from his owner, , and works towards obtaining freedom so he can buy his family's freedom. The raft also played an important role in this journey, it is just as important as the river is.
Through this relationship and Twain's characterization of Jim as a kind and caring family man, the reader gets the sense that it would take the less-judgmental voice of a child to reveal the hypocrisy of a society in which the ownership of other human beings was common and okay. It is a difficult time to find a new symbolism of place for the Mississippi River in modern America. Huck witnesses the murder of an innocent boy in a battle involving two feuding families. The Mississippi River is the largest river in the United States. It has also led many to believe that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn illustrates to the reader that rugged individualism is as important an American belief as freedom for all.
Selling more copies than any other piece Twain had written, the story of this young swearing and smoking runaway gained immediate notoriety. The imposition of Jim Crow laws, designed to limit the power of blacks in the South in a variety of indirect ways, brought the beginning of a new, insidious effort to oppress. Lesson Summary The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains one of the most popular and controversial books ever written in the United States. In addition to creating the two characters for the modern story, another key challenge is putting the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn into a type of story sequence using structure and techniques from immediate areas like screenwriting, theater and novel sequence. Jim, a slave owned by Miss Watson, is a very interesting character in the book.
Tom's original robber band is paralleled later in the novel when Tom and Huck become true thieves, but honorable ones, at the end of the novel. Ultimately, this is one of those books that was truly a first, having been a part of starting a new literary tradition and bringing readers an unfiltered look at real life and real problems in the antebellum South. Huckleberry Finn is full of people who base their lives on romantic literary models and stereotypes of various kinds. What is this symbolic context to place the story within? Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. Money The concept of wealth or lack thereof is threaded throughout the novel, and highlights the disparity between the rich and poor. Huck demonstrates a relaxed attitude towards wealth, and because he has so much of it, does not view money as a necessity, but rather as a luxury.
Huck's youth is an important factor in his moral education over the course of the novel, for we sense that only a child is open-minded enough to undergo the kind of development that Huck does. As Huck realizes, it seems that telling a lie can actually be a good thing, depending on its purpose. This shaky sense of justice that Huck repeatedly encounters lies at the heart of society's problems: terrible acts go unpunished, yet frivolous crimes, such as drunkenly shouting insults, lead to executions. Where once its detractors criticized its themes of violence and rebellion and protested the moral laxity in the language and characters of the novel, in the twentieth century the controversy has evolved into an issue of race. Mark Twain was incredibly influential on American literature While interesting and clearly an effective element in the accurate portrayal of the people and culture of an area, the use of dialect seemed crass to many, and the frank language and inclusion of one particular racial slur led some to conclude that, in fact, the book was racist. For example, in the first chapter, the Widow Douglas feeds Huck, and later on Jim becomes his symbolic caretaker, feeding and watching over him on Jackson's Island.
On the surface and to those not acquainted with Jim, he is just a slave. Finally, a fog forces them to miss the town of Cairo, at which point there were planning to head up the Ohio River, towards the free states, in a steamboat. However, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn's language and its themes make it too difficult for children to comprehend. For instance, when Huck spills salt, returns, and when Huck touches a snakeskin with his bare hands, a rattlesnake bites Jim. This conflict is introduced in the first chapter through the efforts of the : she tries to force Huck to wear new clothes, give up smoking, and learn the Bible.