Huckleberry Finn Essay

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Critical Journal #1- Mark Twain’s life (A biographical Approach)

Mark Twain was born on November 30th of 1835 by the name of Samuel L. Clemens. He was

born in Florida, Missouri, but grew up in Hannibal on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.

On the Mississippi River, “Mark Twain” means “two fathoms deep”, meaning 12 feet deep which is deep enough to be considered safe for most boats to travel during that time period.

While living in Hannibal, Mark Twain saw steam boats as a child coming into the ports about

three times a day giving him the dream of becoming a river boat pilot. This also influenced his writing in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, where the setting of majority of the story toke

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Lastly, customs and moral values were portrayed correctly by Twain throughout the

book. People in the south during this time believed strongly in customs and moral values, such as

southern hospitality, family life, female chastity, and proper manners. An example of this would

be Miss Watson always bugging Huck to behave properly. “Miss Watson would always say,

“Don’t put your feet up there, Huckleberry’; and ‘don’t scrunch up like that, Huckleberry-set up

straight’.” (page 5) This quote is an example of how the women were supposed to raise the

children during this time to have proper manners based on Southern morals. Twain’s

presentation of slavery, religion, superstitions and morals reveals a critical look at the

social/cultural aspects of life in the South.

Critical Journal #3- An Archetypal Approach

From the very moment that Jim and Huck come across each other at Jackson Island, Jim took the

role of a father over Huck. Jim treats Huck like his own son by caring for him and protecting him

from things he shouldn’t see. For example, when they came across the abandoned houseboat, Jim

made sure that Huck did not see pap’s dead body lying in there. This was very fatherly of Jim


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