Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known to most as Mark Twain, has been hailed by many as the father of American Literature. His two most famous works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn (1884), are considered two of the greatest novels of all time. Twain was born in Florida, Missouri on 30th November 1835. He grew up in the town of Hannibal on the Mississippi River, which would eventually serve as the basis for the place where Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn would live. Twain tried turning his hand into many different professions throughout his life, but continued writing all the while. His first job was a printer’s apprentice and, a pilot. After two years of training, he acquired his license and began travelling the mighty Mississippi River as a pilot of a steamboat. Twain grew up in Missouri at a time when it was a slave state. Though he began as a comic writer, the sorrow he faced in his personal life perhaps served to turn him into a serious, even pessimistic, writer in his later years. Twain passed away in 1910, but he is still one of the best-loved writers around the world.
The story took place in St Petersburg, Missouri, America in 1884 in the 19th century. Slavery in North America began in 1619. However, it continued right through until the 19th century. The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn is set.
The great Mississippi River was one of the most significant landmarks of the period. Winding its way through the heartland of America, it was closely linked to slavery. Steamboats plied up and down the river, and were a symbol of both bondage and freedom. On the one hand, the steamboats were used to transport slaves to various plantations, and acted as cargo ships for the various slave-produce commodities like cotton, sugar and tobacco. On the other hand, they provided the opportunity for the world of slavery to be left behind. Slaves often escaped, passing themselves off as passengers or...