huckleberry finn

Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Pages: 6 (1302 words) Published: February 5, 2014
Tone: The tone of Huckleberry Finn is innocent to me. Huckleberry is a young boy that is just now being educated against his personal preference and he doesn’t fully understand the concepts of religion, education and life itself. “Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there. She got all mad then, but I didn’t mean no harm.”

Another example of tone is informal humor. Huckleberry is says and does things throughout the story that were not initially supposed to be. “Hello Jim, have I been asleep? Why didn’t you stir me up?” in this quote Huckleberry is trying to persuade Jim into believing that it was all just a vivid dream.

Mood: The mood of this story is adventurous and dangerous. To me, Huckleberry makes a lot of daring moves throughout his adventures that create suspense and thrill. “Well last I pulled out a piece of my hair and blooded it all up.”

Satire: Religion is one of the most often used of Twain's satire. He speaks through Huck declaring it, at least as it was taught, to be irrelevant to the average person's life, "Here she was a-bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and no use to anybody, being gone, you see.”

Irony: Huck joins in the common belief that blacks are less intelligent than whites. Therefore, he seems astonished that Jim has such a "level head". 'Well,' says I, 'you done it, but I didn't think you could. It ain't no slouch of a name to spell-right off without studying.'

Hyperbole: Huck and Jim talk about King Solomon and how he had “about a million wives” when, in reality, he didn’t. “Solomon had one; he had about a million wives."

Paradox: In order for Huck to do the right thing and free Jim he must break the law. Once Jim and Huck pass Cairo, and miss the chance to travel north to freedom. From this point on they are, in fact, moving further and further away from the goal of the original escape and heading towards the place which for Jim is the worst possible place on earth, New Orleans, the heart of the slave trade.

Literary period: The practice of religion in the book gives us a look at the time period that it was before our era. Commonly religion is not practiced at such a rigorous pace that it is in the book. Also the racial factors in the book gives you a time frame. Slavery and harsh racism is still in tact in Huckleberry’s generation. “doan’ hurt me-Don’t!”

Figurative language: onomatopoeia : “I hear a plunkety-plunk, plunkety-plunk, and say to myself, horses are coming..” metaphor: "...he looked that grand and good and pious that you’d say he had walked right out of the ark, and maybe was old Leviticus himself." Simile: "...the lid raises up and the rest of it goes down till it’s below my chin, and then it ain’t rightly a hat at all, but more like my head was shoved up through a jint o’ stove-pipe."

Archetypes:

Huck plays the role of Hero. He is the protagonist who runs away from his hometown in search of a better and laid back life, while helping his friend Jim, a runaway slave of Mrs. Watson’s accomplish his goal of freedom. He begins on a journey with Jim, and comes across scares, thrills and conflicts throughout his adventurous tale.

The Duke and king are the Deceptive. They create false personas, and trick people throughout their travels with Huck. Such as the play and pretending to be the false heirs, which eventually comes to an end.

The river could be the archetype of change and travel into a new. Jim and Huck fall asleep on the raft, and when they wake to a new day, they have changed location and sense, they must get a feel for where they are in the river, how much closer they are to a destination, and if it safe. Dangers on the river also cause a change in attitude and motives.

Essay questions

1.    In the novel education is viewed in several different ways. For example, the widow views education as something of upmost importance and as a necessity, but Huck Finn’s dad views it as a disgrace...
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