In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain tells the story of an adolescent boy travelling down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave. Huck has staged his death in order to escape his abusive, drunken father and hooks up with his foster mother’s escaped slave. During the adventurous journey Huck discovers many problems with society and civilization as he encounters a variety of individuals, each of whom represent a different problem with the current social order. The pair gets caught up in various ordeals involving the people they encounter. The running theme throughout the book is Huck Finn’s continuing struggle with his conscience concerning his relationship with the runaway slave, Jim, who has grown to be his friend and parent figure.
Transcendentalism is about connecting with nature. Mark Twain influences these aspects of transcendentalism with his masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. However in today's society students and teachers view the novel as being obscene. Which is because society is ruling their lives. Their view The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain as a racist novel but they miss the transcendental aspects of it such as the society of the time, Huck’s beliefs and Huck’s actions.
The novel is set in the 1930's in St. Petersburg, a fictitious place supposedly reminiscent of the town of Hannibal, Missouri the place where Mark Twain grew up. It follows the events in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, also of the same author.
Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written and first published in 1884, is an American classic. It is widely known and praised as a story of adventure. This story portrays a nostalgic Southern American childhood filled with adventure, with social criticisms exhibited throughout. Twain exhibits his feelings toward Southern culture and society, as well as his attitudes towards education, religion and slavery. Throughout the book the author’s attitudes towards these themes are exhibited through descriptive language to develop setting, an emotional tone and colloquial diction to expand characterization, and irony.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is often considered to be Twain's masterpiece. It combined his raw humor with startlingly mature material to create a novel that directly attacked many of the traditions the South held dear. Huckleberry Finn is the main character, and it is through his eyes that the South is revealed and judged. His companion, a runaway slave named Jim, provides Huck with friendship and protection during their journey along the Mississippi.
For nearly a century, Mark Twain’s Novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been viewed as one of the greatest American novels. However, initially people were skeptical towards its intent and disapproved of its diction. As stated in an article by Huffington Post, “Twain admitted to once having embraced all the most cherished beliefs about racial difference and black inferiority that gave moral justification to the slavocracy of the antebellum South. He used his story of the boy Huckleberry Finn to illustrate his own epiphany about American racism and to offer a cautionary tale at a time when American society was receding back into the same depravity that had earlier torn the nation apart in the Civil War” (Hotchinkiss 1). Still, to this day, many people believe it to be racist and not credible. There is an ongoing controversy on whether the novel is able to portray the theme in a manner that is non-racist but realistic. The current controversies are about the popular belief that the novel should be banned in schools and about rewriting and substituting certain words with politically correct words. The novel conveys a powerful theme when studied at face value. The central theme is focused on the constant struggle between freedom and slavery. This struggle exists for both Jim and Huck. Jim fears the physical slavery of the 1840’s, while Huck fears conforming to society as Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas do. Both Jim and Huck turn to nature to escape the grip that civilization has on them and their town. Wither or not Huck Finn is appropriate for readers below high school level, brings about several issues. The actual meaning behind the text is a source of conflict. The use of the word “nigger,” the unethical treatment of J...
As Jane and Huck lack the ideal family to guide their development, Huck must resort to his own discretion to form a just conscience. By the development of his own moral compass, Huck finally grasps the notion that Jim is not merely property. “The society shows him the evil side, which brings Huck to challenge the conventions and establishes his own standard of justice” (Sang 3). After Huck gets separated from Jim one foggy night on the Mississppi River, Jim spends all night panicking and whooping in attempts for Huck to find his way back to the raft. In the morning, Huck returns to the raft, finds Jim sleeping, and decides to trick Jim into believing the whole ordeal was just a dream. However, Jim realizes that Huck lied about the incident
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic work in American literature that is used in classrooms everywhere to educate and enlighten students. Twain’s work despite being over two hundred years old is still to this day the premier example of American literature and at the time of its creation served to show the world a new movement in literature into realism and satire and away from the romanticism of the 1800’s. Despite the incredible resistance this book has faced from its inception, the work has endured as its principles of timeless morality and the evils of hypocrisy remain prominent in a modern society. Huck is truly a universal character who despite his roots in a rural St. Petersburg Mississippi appeals to young adults of diverse backgrounds and all ages. It is this continued ability to inspire and provide common ground to the modern student that today makes Huck Finn a relevant book and is the reason why I chose to read it for this assignment.
Huckleberry Finn, a fictional character from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, has seen more than his fair share of controversy over the many years he has been published. At the very beginning of his existence Huck was banned in more places than not because he set a bad example for anyone who read his story. I believe that Huck is a good role model for many reasons, including his views on slavery, good sense of morality and his ability to stay true to himself. Huck is a good kid and his story should be read everywhere.
When my high school English teacher informed our class that we would be reading Huck Finn, I felt a sense of indifference. I did not know a great deal about the novel itself; however, I had a desire to learn more. Although my lack of knowledge regarding the novel was something that I was ashamed of, I still knew that Huck Finn was going to be a fantastic read considering the fact that it was written by Mark Twain, an acclaimed authors of his time. I had also expected the novel to be full of adventure and entertainment, but the thing I did not know was that it dealt with the arguable issue of slavery. Slavery becomes a big issue once people begin discussing the problem because numerous opinions and emotions come spurring out of people. People become impulsive and begin to say arbitrary statements that may be offensive to others.
In Mark Twain’s novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, the main character and narrator is an uneducated and uncivilized white child who travels along the Mississippi river on a raft with an escaped slave named Jim. Throughout these travels, Twain uses the characteristics of these two central figures as ways of criticizing society. Huckleberry Finn’s innocence allows Twain to remove Huck from society so as to provide the novel with as much of an unbiased narrator and central character as possible. Both roles of Huck Finn in the novel respond to the different situations of the current society in ways that are different from the ways that the members of the situations ever had. Huck’s removed nature shows how absurd the standards of the society are as Twain shows that an uneducated and uncivilized child’s responses are much more empathetic and logical than any of the other people who claim to be civilized. Jim’s simple nature is often meant to be humorous to the reader, but in comparison to the white men throughout the novel, Jim’s caring and compassionate nature tend to show...
Many people may argue that animal testing is right and is the only way we can find cures for diseases and test products used for humans. Helen Pycroft has said “Without the ability to use animals in their research, scientists' efforts would be massively hampered, not only in the direct development of new treatments, but also in the fundamental research which underpins all biomedical knowledge.” (Pycroft). Although animal testing has resulted in many medical advancements, cures, and knowledge millions of animals are harmed each year. 92 out of 100 tests done on animals then fail in humans. There are many different alternatives and much more ethical ways we can test on animals.
Animal testing has been practiced since ancient times. The ancient Greeks killed and dissected animals for scientific and religious purposes, as well as performed experiments on them to discover the functions of living organisms. Through animal testing, human life has been extended and improved. Many great feats have been accomplished using animal based testing. Animal testing has brought us vaccines for polio, TB, and meningitis, as well as, insulin, and asthma inhalers. It also added in the eradication of smallpox, and continues to assist us as cancer survival rates continue to rise. Animal testing has carried us to heights in knowledge we never thought possible. However, animal testing is seen by many to be cruel, wasteful, and inefficient.
What they are doing to animals in research facilities are even worse. Animals being tested are usually forced to eat, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, times where they can’t move, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing, having to endure pain to study its effects and remedies, and killing by being deprived of oxygen, neck-breaking, or even decapitation (peta.org). No one, or animal wants to suffer. Most of the animals in laboratories end up dying. These animals either die while being experimented on, or are killed after. Unsuccessful testes end in the unwarranted deaths of many animals. The animal welfare doesn’t protect all animals, so there are still many animals that are continuously experimented on. In 2009 around 388 violations were found by the AWA (Animal Welfare Act). (procon.org) So many violations show that not all facilities are doing the right thing. And if these animals are suffering through unnecessary pain. There needs to be consequences.