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Huckleberry Finn

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MARK TWAIN AND

"THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN"

Mark Twain was born on the Missouri frontier and spent his childhood there. His real name is actually Samuel Langhorne Clemens. At the age of 12 he quit school in order to earn his living. At the age of 15 he already wrote his first article and by the time he was 16 he had his first short novel published. In 1857 he was an apprentice steamboat pilot on a boat that left Mississippi and was leading towards New Orleans. His characters were created because of the people and the situations he encountered on this trip.

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is a sequel to "Tom Sawyer". "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is one of the masterpieces of American literature. It was first published in America in January 1885. From all of Mark Twain's novels this one was the only that sold best at its initial appearance. Although it was criticized a lot too. In 1885 it was even banished from the Concord Public Library.

The novel presents the things a thirteen year old child goes through when trying to save a black slave from the woman that wanted to adopt him and educate him to meet the standards of the society she lives in. The two characters, in their journey, meet some dangerous people, like the three thieves they meet on a crashed steamboat, but also some good characters, such as Grangerford family who treated Huck very nice. The Duke and the King are also two characters Huck and Jim meet on their journey down the Mississippi river. This two make money by cheating people in the towns near the river. After a while the Duke and the King sell Jim saying he is a runaway slave from New Orleans. Huck decides to rescue Jim so he follows him to the house where he was sold, only to find ...

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...sions but shocking for the white society. He meets a group of slave hunters and then he discovers that telling a lie is sometimes good. Being a child the world always seems new to him, everything he finds or encounters is an occasion that makes him think.

After a while, Huck returns to the town dressed as a girl to find more news. He discovers that Jim and Pap are suspects to his murder. In this journey Huck and Jim become friends.

Although his background makes him not only to apply the rules he knows, but also to invent new ones. He struggles with the ideas about black people that the society has. "Huck represents what anyone is capable of becoming: a thinking, feeling human being rather than a mere cog in the machine of society".

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