The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Edition 1by Mark Twain, Susan Harris, Paul Lauter
Pub. Date: 01/24/2000
Publisher: Cengage Learning
In addition to the entire text of what some consider the quintessential American novel, this comprehensive volume features materials that help place the novel in perspective with its time and place. "Contexts" includes essays on the composition of the novel, the people and history of the Upper Mississippi Valley, slavery, and the critical reception of the novel
In addition to the entire text of what some consider the quintessential American novel, this comprehensive volume features materials that help place the novel in perspective with its time and place. "Contexts" includes essays on the composition of the novel, the people and history of the Upper Mississippi Valley, slavery, and the critical reception of the novel upon its publication. "Readings" includes Henry Nash Smith's introduction to the 1958 Riverside Edition of the novel, as well as critical essays.
Table of Contents
I. Contexts Victor Doyno, The Composition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn George E. Bates, Jr. et al., "Barges" from Historic Life Styles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley Lorenzo J. Greene, Gary R. Kremer, and Antonio F. Holland, From Sunup to Sundown: The Life of the Slave Rev. William Henry Milburn, from Pioneers, Preachers, and People of the Mississippi Valley Lawrence W. Levine, William Shakespeare and the American People Steven Mailloux, "The Bad-Boy Boom" from Rhetorical Power Shelley Fisher Fishkin, from Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices Victor Fischer, Huck Finn Reviewed: The Reception of Huckleberry Finn in the United States, 1885-1897 II. The Text Adventures of Huckleberry Finn III. Readings Henry Nash Smith, Introduction to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Alan Trachtenberg, The Form of Freedom in Huckleberry Finn David L. Smith, Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse Norman Mailer, Huckleberry Finn: Alive at 100 Toni Morrison, Re-Marking Twain Chronology Works Cited For Further Reading
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Huckleberry Finn is a young boy who has been adopted by Widow Douglas due to difficulties with his drunken father. After becoming acquainted with her strict ways, Huck is kidnapped by his father, wanting Huck's money for alcohol. After spending months in a deserted house in the woods, Huck finally escapes, and decides to run away. On his voyage, he runs into Jim, Widow Douglas's slave. Together, they embark on a journey, filled with both misfortune and adventure. During this extended journey, Huckleberry and Jim endure snake bites, being mixed up in a series of murders, becoming separated from each other multiple times, running into trouble with the King, and much more. Throughout the long nights on the river they spend together, Jim and Huck become the best of friends. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a timeless classic. Written as a sequel to the book the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this book provides a second side of the story. Although it is written in a way which is slightly hard to understand, the writing style emphasizes the various personalities of the characters. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a timeless classic.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is an excellent specimen of American Literature. I found the book to be extremely thought provoking with many hidden messages disguised in the characters and their actions throughout the entire story. Huck Finn is more than just a book written for entertainment, Twain explores the various gender roles and stereotypes that existed in the late 1800s in a comical manner. Twain discusses slavery in American Society through the characters, Huck and Jim. He looks at civilization as seen through the eyes of Huck as compared to the eyes of Miss Watson. Twain explores relationships between Pap and Huck, and Jim and Huck. Twain even tackles the concept of imagination as seen through Jim¿s superstitious nature. Although Huck and Jim are the main characters that Twain uses to demonstrate his opinions, he also uses a plethora of other characters throughout the novel including, the Duke and the Dauphin, the Shepardsons and the Grangerfords, the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, and Tom Sawyer. Overall, I absolutely loved this book. Not only was it thought provoking, but also humorous at the same time. Twain tackles many topics that were considered controversial at the time, and puts himself on the line for criticism. I would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind who is willing to look at society in a different light, and who wants to be entertained at the same time.