Realism In Huck Finn

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The goal of the artistic movement of realism was to represent events as they were— lacking artificiality and outlandish elements. In Mark Twain 's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, liberating symbolism, Huck’s candid point of view, and a derisive tone do the trick. Similarly, Madame Bovary exploits plain irony, sneaky foreshadowing, and shifting point of view. In this way, Flaubert is able to demonstrate to the reader Emma’s non orthodox perspective on her society’s standards. Dickens takes a different approach from other realist authors. He uses a satirical tone, frequent hyperbole, and clever symbolism to give Oliver Twist a new way of illustrating the nontraditional views of a boy in the mid-1830s. The standards of the fictional…show more content…
Because he is still a child, his thoughts are not yet clouded by the verses of southern slaveholders. Huckleberry was “glad to see [Jim],” (Twain 64) which would be irregular for anyone living in the Deep South. Meeting a slave would not arouse joy in a white person due to the societies corrupt standards. However, Huck Finn is not a run of the mill white boy; he has complex and passionate feelings about black people, especially those he calls friends. Huck is able to possess these feelings because he is “so earnest and truthful with himself” ("Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Narrator Point of View"). In addition to his independence from the standard southerner, Huck has more of a conscious than the town of the Wilks family in it’s entirety. Although “Huck do[es] some questionable things,” ("Huckleberry Finn in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn") he reflects that he is glad that he “hadn’t done the niggers no harm” (Twain 286) by his actions. This simple thought unveils Huck’s deepest condolences for people that are less fortunate. He may be living on a raft, but he is not held accountable by his actions by anyone but himself. As he is already shunned by his family, Huck can see the point of view of slaves with more ease than others. He “can’t stand” (Twain 451) others telling him what to do and therefore is able to relate to the feelings of southern serfs. Huck’s “youthful voice” ("Adventures of…show more content…
This is employed through Huck to relay his rebellion to his society 's views. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is “riddled with... irony, wit…, and satire” ("Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tone"). This is done chiefly to reveal the absurdity of southern slaveholder’s perspectives. At one point, Huck returned to his rags from street clothes and felt like he “was free and satisfied” (Twain 1). It is ironic that Huck feels more comfortable when he was dressed similarly to a slave than he did when he was clothed like free white men. Another instance in the novel, Huck was dressed like a woman in an attempt to discover information about his fabricated death. The lady he was speaking to demanded to know "what [his] real name [was]" (Twain 93). Although this may have seemed like a comical relief scene when it was published in the nineteenth century, Twain actually tackled a touchy subject for contemporary people— gender dysphoria. Scenes like this one display how Huck “seeks to decipher the world around him” (“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Key Facts”). The narrative shows off Huck’s childish attitude. He pokes fun of people’s ideas that he does not quite understand. Whether it is due to his age or his unbiased attitude, Huck is “frequently ironic or mocking” (“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Key Facts”) to the point of being insightful. He discloses that "[Jim] had an
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