Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Term Paper
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Reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
For all voracious readers who have an insatiable thirst for serious, entertaining, enthralling and mature reading, popular names like William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain are not only familiar but also all-time favorites of many. After The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain introduced another thought-provoking yet highly gripping sequel of the masterpiece titled The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, that is avidly taught in schools, remains on all library shelves and is a great and a fast-paced read to date. This analytical as well as an argumentative paper revolves around the following thesis statement:
The masterwork The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a humorous story addressing highly debatable issues and soon became an extremely controversial magnum opus. It is a scholarly piece of writing that paved way for a new form of American literature, dissolving the barrier between the spoken and the literary language.
From the very first page of Twain's masterpiece, the author's audacious attempt at introducing a new literary form in the American literature by skillfully blending both the everyday and scholarly language is evident. He introduces himself and this sequel in the following way while extensively and boldly using shocking writing form in literary work:
You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth mainly. There was things, which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing." (Twain, Chapter I, p. 1)
Hence from the passage above it is apparent that Twain for
the first time in Western literature tried to bring about a change so massive, which compelled critics from all corners vehemently oppose the novelist's style. The Concord Public Library while commenting on the writer's efforts stated that the book is "more suited to the slums than to intelligent, respectable people" (Zwick). This is because Twain used the accent as well as prudently made the word choice keeping in mind an illiterate, uncouth young child from the slums. However, with this plunge, the writer frees all the scholarly figures from the chains of unjustified censors, bringing in new writing styles rather than staying contented with the conventional standards (Zwick). Despite the fact that the book has been banned, there are innumerable individuals of all ages and classes that have read every page of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (Zwick)
The masterwork of Mark Twain successfully and effectively addressed the society's need to instill character-building values. As Huck shares with the readers, "pretty soon, I wanted to smoke and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn't. She said, it was a mean practice and wasn't clean, and I must try not to do it anymore" (Twain, p. 2). Hence, quite lightheartedly, the author manages to disseminate the message of character building and social values of the Americans but the young child's smoking habit in the later chapters brings forward the writer's real purpose that the moral and social weakening is at its peak today. "Well, I couldn't see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn't try for it" (p. 3). These words have both touches of hilarity and originality as well as provide inkling to the readers regarding human psychology and perception and the intricacies that a child with a young mind and an innocent soul fails to…
Sources Used in Documents:
Twain M., The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Norton Anthology of American Literature Volume C. Page 219, Penguin USA (Paper) Publishers; ISBN: 0140390464
Zwick J. Huckleberry Finn Debated. Retrieved March 9, 2003 from: http://www.boondocksnet.com/twainwww/hf_debate.html
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