The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a one of a kind novel. The novel has been debated as controversial since it has been published in 1986. It has been considered racist, due to the “n” word. In its earlier days, racist people felt this book was a disgrace, because of the mingling of the two main characters. Among all of the negative comments, this book is truly a masterpiece. It is an unforgettable and enjoyable book for everyone to learn and scrutinize; it contains a multitude of literary devices that makes this American Novel a classic with a meaningful American Story. The major literary devices in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn include historical context, dialect, and autobiographic. The characterization of Huck and…show more content… The literary device, historical context can bee seen throughout this novel. “The book’s main plot evolved around the escape of Jim, a slave” (Wiener 36). Therefore, this book used the historic details of slavery and escaping from enslavement. Jim tells Huck that he has run off because Mrs. Watson was talking to a nigger trader about selling him for 600 dollars to New Orleans (Twain 53-54). Slaves were often traded off for money, and were forced to leave their family and friends without a say so. Jim was not going to tolerate the situation so he ran off in hopes of being free. Jim stated to Huck, he would go to a free state, save all his money to buy his wife and two children and would do anything it takes to get them (Twain 100-101). This was a plan many men did to help their families to get out of slavery. The historical context in the story illustrated the setting and time period, the 19th century.
In the South during the 19th century, there was a distinctive dialect people had based off where people lived and their race. Characters such as Huck and Jim had a different dialect, and others as well. Jim would state “I reck’n I know what I knows” (Twain. 90). He had an African American language style. While Huck would use reckon instead, a more southern white language style. “Mark Twain distinguished the characters by their speech” (McKay76). This exemplified the difference between the