An Analysis of 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'

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HUCKLEBERRY FINN "The adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is one of the finest works of Mark Twain and probably the most controversial too. This is because it is by no means an ordinary story of Huckleberry's adventures; it is essentially a social commentary on the slavery and post civil war era in the United States. T. S. Eliot in 1950 acknowledged the book as, ""¦the only one of Mark Twain's various books which can be called a masterpiece. I do not suggest that it is his only book of permanent interest; but it is the only one in which his genius is completely realized, and the only one which creates its own category." While the companion of Huckleberry in the earlier work was Tom Sawyer who was the leading character in the book "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", the one person who accompanies Huckleberry throughout his journey in the book under discussion was Jim, a black slave who had managed to escape. The friendship of Huckleberry and Jim developed during the course of their numerous adventures together and this relationship throws light on the relationship of races in the country after the Hayes-Tilden Compromise of 1877. HENLEY (1884) opined that, "the book is Mark Twain at his best, and remarking that Jim and Huckleberry are real creations, and the worthy peers of the illustrious Tom Sawyer." The racism controversy reached its height during this period, as many of the African Americans lost their recently gained rights and racial segregation completely torn the country

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