Local Color and Huckleberry Finn Essays

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn exemplifies the characteristics of a local color writing in several different ways, through the use of narration, dialect, local customs, and characters. Mark Twain’s use of several different dialects and local customs really helps the reader gain a just perspective on the people, places, and events that took place in the story as wells helps demonstrate the characteristics of a local color writing.

The use of a narrator in Huckleberry Finn, as in most local color writings, usually uses an educated person as the narrator to help give distance between the locals in the story and the more urban audience who the story was intended. However, in this case Mark Twain uses a 14 year old boy, Huckleberry
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It’s too good for true, lemme look at you chile, lemme feel o’ you. No, you ain’ dead! You’s back agin, ‘live en soun’, jis de same ole Huck – de same ole Huck” By using different levels of dialect from the narrator Huck, to Jim and other characters of the story, it allows the reader to get a better understanding of the region through the words of a “local yokel”. This is an important characteristic of local writing because it helps set the foundation for the characteristics of the people in the region.

Another characteristic of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and local color writing is the use of local customs and beliefs to help build the overall character and characters of the region. By doing this Twain is able to paint a picture of the area and the people in it to give the reader a better idea of what life is like in that particular region. For Example in Chapter 2 when Huck says “Afterwards Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the State, and then set him under the trees again, and hung his hat on a limb to show who done it. And next time Jim told it he said they rode him down to New Orleans; and, after that, every time he told it he spread it more and more” This gives the reader insight into the superstations and beliefs of the slaves and regular folk of the region. Therefore, and like in most color writings, using the characters and the local customs to help the

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