Themes in "Huckleberry Finn" Book Review

Themes in "Huckleberry Finn"
An analysis of the characters and themes in Mark Twain's book "Huckleberry Finn".
# 149131 | 2,380 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2010 | KE
Published on Nov 25, 2011 in Literature (American)

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The paper relates that in "Huckleberry Finn", mark Twain attempts to address social injustices experienced by African Americans during the reconstruction era, a time when they had just been granted citizenship and declared free citizens. The paper offers an outline of the characters in this story and addresses the themes of racism, slavery, friendship, morality, family, superstition, wealth and abuse of alcohol. The paper concludes with the assertion that the language used by the author makes the book demeaning to African Americans.

Characters in Huckleberry Finn

From the Paper:

"The book 'Huckleberry Finn' was written by Mark Twain, a renowned humorist and satirist. It was first published in the year 1884. It has however been edited several times since it was published. 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' has been highly controversial since it was been published (Jamow). It continues to attract criticism and support by scholars.
"This novel is an autobiography of Huckleberry Finn. He embarks on a trip along the Mississippi river using various canoes and rafts to escape his abusive father as well as for adventure. The novel focuses on the relationship between Huck and Jim, an escapee slave. The story is told by Huck by his own words and dialect. We are first introduced to the main character Huckleberry Finn in another novel by Mark Twain, 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer', where Huck and Tom face dangers, outsmart criminals, have adventures and eventually find treasure, hidden in a cave, that makes them extremely rich (Twain and Francis).
"They face many challenges as they travel down Mississippi River. Their adventures increase when they are joined by two con men 'Duke' and' King'. The trip which Huck embarks on with the aim of escaping abuse turns into a self discovery expedition which raises his conscience on the injustices blacks face in his world. This helps to bring out the thematic concerns of the author."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bell, Millicent. One Hundred Years of Huckleberry Finn: The Boy, His Book and American Culture. illustrated. Missouri: University of Missouri, 1985.
  • Chadwick-Joshua, Jocelyn. The jim Dilemna. revised. Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1989.
  • Fishkin, Shelley. Was Mark Twain Black?Mark Twain and African-American voices. illustrated. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Jamow, Jesse. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and race in America. illustrated. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, 2004.
  • Jay, Parini. Promised Land:Thirteen Books that Changed America. illustrated. New York: Knopf Double Publishing Group, 2010.

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