Huckleberry Finn: The Master Storyteller Book Review by holly

Huckleberry Finn: The Master Storyteller
A look at Mark Twain's narrative technique in his semi-autobiographical novel.
# 1751 | 1,242 words | 1 source | 2000 | US
Published on Jun 17, 2001 in Literature (American)

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This paper examines Twain's narrative technique in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" to show how Huck uses his storytelling abilities in order to survive.

From the Paper:

"In his essay "The Historical Interpretation of Literature," Edmund Wilson says that Mark Twain is one of the greatest American writers because of his ability to tell tall tales, or exaggerated stories (Wilson 594). Wilson believes that Mark Twain's childhood is the key to his successful career in writing stories. He says that Mark Twain draws on his childhood experiences along the Mississippi River in his books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn to create an almost autobiographical account of things that he had seen or heard about in his youth. The result is that Twain captures the reader's imagination with the tales of Tom and Huck. One of the more interesting points about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is how closely the hero, Huck Finn, parallels Twain's abilities to tell tall tales to his audience. It can be argued that Huck's survival depends on his ability as a storyteller. Twain portrays Huck as an uneducated young man who survives the cruelty of his father Pap and the confinement of civilized society with the Widow Douglas, among other things, by using his wits and brilliant imagination. Throughout the story, the reader sees Huck disguise himself as a girl, masquerade as a passenger who has fallen off a steamboat, and even assumes the identity of his friend Tom Sawyer in order to survive the dangerous events that surround him and his friend Jim. If Huck had not been clever and imaginative enough to lie his way out of these situations, he would have experienced captivity or cruelty at the hands of his father or some of the other sinister characters in the book."

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