The American Classic: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn"
-- Ernest Hemingway
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is many things; a controversy, a lesson, and most importantly, a classic. Classiclit.about.com defines a classic as “usually expressing some artistic quality--an expression of life, truth, and beauty”. Twain’s description of social issues through believable characters has made Huckleberry Finn a beloved American classic. In addition to tackling racial subjects, it has become one of the most taught books in American classrooms. Twain's creative use of dialect, fixed with his infamous wit, has made Huckleberry Finn one of the greatest loved American classics ever written. Additionally, it has not only entertained readers for generations, it has defined American literature. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an example of the classic brilliance of Mark Twain.
It is no doubt that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a controversy, but for it to still be in debate today, 129 years later, must mean it’s a powerful book. One reason why Huckleberry Finn is a classic for readers to debate is because Twain was audacious enough to truthfully write about the cruelty that took place south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The events in the book represented the challenges and ideals of society in the 1800s. Twain wrote about the friendship shared between Huck and Jim. The relationship between the two was something unheard of for the time, since so much prejudice existed. The combination of loneliness and fear the two shared made them companions. In chapter eight Huck thought, “Well, I warn't long making him understand I warn't dead. I was ever so glad to see Jim. I warn't lonesome now. I told him I warn't afraid of him telling the people where I was. I talked along, but he only set there and looked at me; never said nothing” (Twain 41). This was early on in...
Cited: Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Perma-Bound, 1985. Print.
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