Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Analytical Essay

Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
This paper discusses the influence of Thoreau, Emerson, and the Transcendental Movement on Mark Twain's novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
# 49051 | 1,050 words | 1 source | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 23, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Philosophy (History - 19th Century)

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This paper explains that Twain agreed with many of the ideals of Transcendentalism, even though he denounced the romantic writing style of the movements founders. The author points out that, in the novel, Huck shows how expendable materialistic possessions are in his life, a key Transcendental principle. The paper relates that another Transcendental principle, which the book displays, is the reliance on one's own internal beliefs, rather than those that society has taught.

From the Paper:

"When an individual is surrounded by nature, he can transcend his world. When Jim and Huck are on the raft, color is meaningless. Huck and Jim are equal. An example of their relationship of equality is when Jim becomes upset with Huck because Huck plays a cruel trick on Jim. Jim says to Huck, "Dat truck is trash; en trash is what people is that puts dirt on de head or er dey fren's en makes 'em ashamed." On the raft Jim expects Huck to treat him as a friend with respect and dignity. Jim voices his injury caused by Huck's thoughtlessness. When the pair is on shore, Jim becomes passive and endures mistreatment from Huck and the other members of society. The raft allows Jim to see himself as a whole person."

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