Disenchantment : Tom Sawyer In Huckleberry Finn

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The book "Huckleberry Finn" is about a boy and a runaway slave who are both canoeing away from captivity. An interesting aspect to Huck Finn is that the events that occur in the book are influenced by things that happened directly or indirectly to Mark Twain during his lifetime. The book was also changed for the better because Mark Twain was dying at the time he was writing it, making him have no fear of criticism. His writing broke literary rules of its time and set a framework for American literature ever since. The liberal use of the N-word wasn't to promote racism, it was a statement against it. The racism was unprovoked in the beginning of the book towards nigger Jim, but by the end of the book everyone had changed and felt no hatred against him. Other main events in the plot of the book like the feud of the families are statements against war and slavery. There are other elements in the story which relate to things the author feels are problems in America including over fishing and fraud. The book was an instant American classic and is still read over 100 years after it was written. Activity #2 A.

Disenchantment: Tom Sawyer in Huckleberry Finn

Judith Fetterly

What's Funny about "Huckleberry Finn"

Sacvan Bercovitch



1. Both authors write about the link between Mark Twain's writing, his thoughts and
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