The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Chapter Analysis

Among the first American novels to be written in the vernacular, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in many ways defies categorization. It is both a bildunsgroman and an adventure tale, a keen-eyed satire and a scathing polemic against racism, and in some ways an ethnography (exaggerated though it may be) of a vanished community. As you follow Huck in his wild hegira from the Widow Douglas' confining and religious home to Pap's illicit and abusive household to the raft with Jim — where Huck, if not Jim, experiences at long last a much-desired taste of freedom — take note of how Twain develops his characters in all of these varied settings. How does Huck's location dictate the changes in his character — both moral and emotional? At each step of the journey — whether on land or by sea — how does Huck grow into himself? And how does his social context help (or hinder) Huck from growing into the person that he wants to be?

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General Analysis

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is among the most-banned books in America. In what ways do the "coarse language" and "vulgarity" of the material underpin the tale? How does Twain's use of the rough (and often racist) vernacular of the antebellum American South serve the story and the development of the characters? As you examine the themes and motifs in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, pay close attentions to how Twain uses the colorful and bloodstained tapestry of American history as the backdrop to his story. Investigate the elements that make The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn such an enduring classic — from the structure of the story to the way each character is configured to Twain's skewering of social mores and the antebellum South's take on a Christian ethic.

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