Twain And Huck 's Intersecting Childhood

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Lizzy Ezell
4th Period
7 April 2017
Twain and Huck’s Intersecting Childhood
Mark Twain is the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It is a humorous and heroic book about a boy, Huckleberry Finn, and a slave, Jim, that run away in order to help Jim gain freedom. Along the way, they run into many troubles and obstacles, but they keep going no, matter what. Their story is heartwarming, controversial, and very famous.
Twain uses his own childhood experiences in his books; such as how Huck Finn grows up, the main characters, religion, politics, and his hometown dialect.

Twain has an adventurous and daring childhood just as Huckleberry Finn does in his book. He writes his life in his work about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry
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Twain writes his childhood into books and his adulthood leads him to his famous career and passion. Not only is Twain’s childhood written in his works, but so are his family and friends. He uses the important people in his life as the main characters. Twain’s mother, Jane, is written as Aunt Polly. His siblings, Pamela and Henry, are represented as Cousin Mary and Cousin Sid. As Twain is growing up, he has a neighbor, Laura, whom he uses in his book as Becky Thatcher. He knows a poor boy during his childhood whose name is Tom Blankenship who becomes the famous Tom Sawyer. Just like Huckleberry Finn, Twain is not the smartest, but he is put into a school and soon learns how to read and speak correctly. His father, however, wants him to stop going to school because he believes his son is trying to be better than him. Also just like Huck, Twain grows up in Hannibal, Missouri. Twain’s life in Hannibal is very special to him considering that it is written in all of his works. Twain and Huck are comparable in all parts of their lives, especially on the topic of religion. Twain grows up Presbyterian but is never fully committed, just like Huck. Huck is always a good and sweet boy, but he never goes to church. When asked about his childhood church life, Twain answers with, “We were good boys…we didn’t break the Sabbath often enough to signify–once a week perhaps… Anyway, we were good Presbyterian boys when the weather
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