Commonly named among the Great American Novels , the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Set in a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist over 20 years before the work was published, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing satire on entrenched attitudes, particularly racism. Perennially popular with readers, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has also been the continued object of study by literary critics since its publication.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Huck runs away from his abusive father and, with his companion, the runaway slave Jim , makes a long and frequently interrupted voyage down the Mississippi River on a raft. During the journey Huck encounters a variety of characters and types in whom the book memorably portrays almost every class living on or along the river. As a result of these experiences, Huck overcomes conventional racial prejudices and learns to respect and love Jim. But a thread that runs through adventure after adventure is that of human cruelty, which shows itself both in the acts of individuals and in their unthinking acceptance of such institutions as slavery. The natural goodness of Huck is continually contrasted with the effects of a corrupt society. This realism was the source of controversy that developed concerning the book in the late 20th century. Nevertheless, the publication in of a bowdlerized version of the novel generated debate and was considered by many to be every bit as unacceptable as the original. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Article Media. Info Print Cite.
By Mark Twain
Does Michael Sheen know his own career? Watch the video. Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn To avoid his abusive father, a rambunctious boy rafts the Mississippi River with a slave, encountering many wild characters.
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