Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn '

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A work of literature can be read by ten different people, and it will be understood ten different ways; Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is no exception. At the end of the novel, Tom reveals his plans for the “evasion” which is relatively immoral, but Tom and Huck would never know whether it was or was not. In addition to its blind cruelty, it is misleading in that it seems as if it is meant to be interpreted, which is one reason why it is constantly critiqued. Another reason it is hotly debated is due to its contextual inconsistency and the potential underlying meanings of those anomalies. The multiple possibilities it opens up to the reader can be interpreted in a variety ways and has been by many literary critics. By using the commentary made on the “evasion” by literary critics, and through examples drawn from the novel itself, it will become evident that Twain did not write the “evasion” for any consistent reason, other than to fit the inconsistency of his novel. The fatal error some critics make is trying to take the text of Huckleberry Finn and make it mean something that it does not for the sake of maintaining an analytical reputation. But there are some critics, like Louis Budd, who believe that over-analyzation is flawed, saying “most critics will force a logical resolution or build a theory on its failure to offer one” (qtd. In Henrickson 16). This is the problem in some of the arguments being made for Twain’s “evasion” ending. It is evident

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