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And yet here, as you see, I have elected to say it anyway, and at great length. Reading this novel now, at the age of mumble-mumble, is a bit like arriving at the circus after the tents have been packed, the bearded lady has been depilated, and the funnel cake trailers have been hitched to pick-up trucks and captained, like a formidable vending armada, toward the auburn sunset.
All the fun has After reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to say about it. Same story, different day. How exactly did I make it through eight total years of high school and undergraduate studies in English without having read any Mark Twain but a brief and forgotten excerpt from Life on the Mississippi?
Or am I old-fashioned? In the greater social consciousness, there are two stars of this book: Huckleberry Finn, for all his white trash pedigree, is actually a pretty smart kid -- the kind of dirty-faced boy you see, in his younger years, in a shopping cart at Wal-Mart, being barked at by a monstrously obese mother in wedgied sweatpants and a stalagmite of a father who sweats tobacco juice and thinks the word 'coloreds' is too P.
Orbiting the cart, filled with generic cigarette cartons, tabloids, and canned meats, are a half-dozen kids, glazed with spittle and howling like Helen Keller over the water pump, but your eyes return to the small, sad boy sitting in the cart.
His gaze, imploring, suggestive of a caged intellect, breaks your heart, so you turn and comparison-shop for chewing gum or breath mints.
That boy is the spiritual descendant of Huckleberry Finn. The 'nigger' controversy -- is there still one?
It almost seems too obvious to point out that this is a firstly a 'period novel,' meaning it that occurs at a very specific historical moment at a specific location and b secondly a first-person narrative, which is therefore saddled with the language, perspective, and nascent ideologies of its narrator.
Should we expect a mostly uneducated, abused adolescent son of a racist alcoholic who is living in the South before the Civil War to have a respectful, intellectually-enlightened perspective toward black people? Should the character of Huck Finn, in other words, be ahistorical, anachronistic?
Certainly not, if we expect any semblance of honesty from our national literature. Sure, Tom Sawyer is something of an idiot, as we discover, but in a novel that includes faked deaths and absurd con jobs, his idiocy seems well-placed.
In the end, I suppose the greatest thing I can say about this novel is that it left me wondering what happened to Huck Finn.
Would his intellect and compassion escape from his circumstances or would he become yet another bigoted, abusive father squiring another brood of dirty, doomed children around a fluorescently-lit Wal-Mart?Analyze the use of songs in Volpone.
How does Jonson use them to create tone? What other purposes do they serve in the play? Tone is defined as the author's attitude towards the subject he is dealing with.
This question asks us to look at the songs in Volpone, and describe how Jonson uses them to.
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Mon I never read Tom Sawyer, but enjoyed the book regardless. Twain references the previous adventures, but this Huck Finn works well as a stand-alone more I never read Tom Sawyer, but enjoyed the book regardless.
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