Huckleberry Finn

analytical Essay
1052 words
1052 words

Mark Twain’s masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn through much criticism and denunciation has become a well-respected novel. Through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy, Huckleberry Finn, Twain illustrates the controversy of racism and slavery during the aftermath of the Civil War. Since Huck is an adolescent, he is vulnerable and greatly influenced by the adults he meets during his coming of age. His expedition down the Mississippi steers him into the lives of a diverse group of inhabitants who have conflicting morals. Though he lacks valid morals, Huck demonstrates the potential of humanity as a pensive, sensitive individual rather than conforming to a repressive society. In these modes, the novel places Jim and Huck on pedestals where their views on morality, learning, and society are compared.
Huckleberry’s first encounter with physical perplexity comes when he has woken up alone: “ I set up and looked around, a little scared. Then I remembered” (Twain 240). Awaking from his accidental nap, he was stunned by the sudden realization that he did not know where he was. After gaining full awareness of his surroundings, he was once again calmed. Another illustration of Huck’s physical disorientation was when he was found in a “solid white fog” (269). During his separation from Jim, Huck confessed that he “hadn’t no more idea which way I was going than a dead man” (269). While he was still had not united with Jim, he suffers from another bout of confusion. “First I didn’t know where I was; I thought I was dreaming” (270). This exemplifies how Huck’s mental disquietude melted into the physical realm.
Throughout his voyage down the Mississippi, Huck has various arguments with Jim, which force him to question the facts that he has been taught from a white society. These serve as metaphors addressing different beliefs that are disputed amongst the rivaling races. Huck and Jim quarrel about “King Sollermun” (Twain 266), who threatened to chop a baby in half. Jim debates that Solomon had so many children that he became incapable of valuing human life. Huck then defends what he believes to be “de wises’ man dat ever live’” (266) by explaining to Jim that he has “‘clean missed the point’” (267). Huck’s subsequent comments relate Jim’s conclusion about Solomon and his view of white treatment of blacks as infinitely replaceable bodies. Instead of bickering, Huck “went on talking about other kings, and let Solomon slide” (267).

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how mark twain's masterpiece the adventures of huckleberry finn illustrates the controversy of racism and slavery during the aftermath of the civil war.
  • Illustrates how huck's physical disorientation melted into the physical realm when he was found in a "solid white fog."
  • Analyzes how huck has various arguments with jim, which force him to question the facts that he has been taught from a white society.
  • Analyzes how huck tries to explain the language barrier by pointing out that cats and cows, two fundamentally different creatures, do not communicate the same way. jim challenges the equivalence of the comparison on the basis that both the french and the americans are men.
  • Analyzes how tom, huck's foil, surrenders himself to dogmatism, gathering his opinions and knowledge from misunderstood romantic novels and teachings from sunday school.
  • Analyzes how enthralled tom and huck are in their game that they forget jim is still a human being.
  • Analyzes how jim and huck's relationship is a symbiosis in the novel. they offer each other provisions, shelter, and security.
  • Analyzes how twain's adventures of huckleberry finn has captivated worldwide audiences because it reflects the true southern american morals.

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