The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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When anyone thinks of the United States, most think of bald eagles, apple pie, baseball, and that “’Murica” meme that is popping up around social media; however, not so many think of America’s literary traditions. There is one particular book that can highlight most pieces of American Literature, called The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which is by a man named Samuel Clemens, who is more popularly known as Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn is considered the quintessence of American literature, with its frontier setting and independent-minded main character, yet at the same time it is also known as a source of contention and controversy. Right as the book was released, it stirred up debate for various reasons, and it still creates contention today for one primary reason. In general, despite being banned in many schools at during the past and present, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered an American classic due to the themes that it presents throughout the story. As soon as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1885 by Charles L. Webster and Company, the book caused a lot of controversy. The initial reasons for contention over Huckleberry Finn were suggested anti-religiousness and challenge to authorities, according to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Anti-religiousness is definitely not a main theme in this reading; however, Huck does seem to be confused by religion, especially in Chapter 3 when he prayed for a fishing line and got it, yet prayed for fishing hooks and could not get them. Huck’s bewilderment seemed to increase when Miss Watson called him a fool for praying for fishing hooks and the Widow Douglas tried to elucidate the purpose of prayer by saying that he could only ask for “spiritual gifts … and never... ... middle of paper ... ...o is starting to grow into a man while trying to find out more about himself and his true beliefs. Despite the great themes and lessons in this book, many people despise it, originally for supposed contentious themes that showed in the book, and now for its use of the word “nigger.” Yet with these controversies surrounding the book, it is still considered one of the greatest examples of American literature; with the book reflecting beliefs set in America’s frontier days, such as self-reliance and individuality; contrasting itself from previous American literature; and showing that comedy can be an aspect of life even in the darkest times. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn shows many different themes that each reader can connect to, and each of these connections helps every reader understand the true meaning behind one of the greatest works of American literature.
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