How Does Twain Present Realism In Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a realistic story about a boy named Huckleberry Finn. Twain sets the story in Mississippi during the era before the civil war. During this time, slavery has not been emancipated, and racism was accepted. Twain uses colloquialism, geography and harsh realities to express Realism in his Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Within the novel, Twain makes use of the “N” word to express the reality of that time period. Before the civil war, it was socially accepted to treat African Americans or “negroes” poorly. Many used racism to justify the ownership of slaves. Mark Twain published this novel after the civil war, but set the book before the war to illustrate how inappropriate this racist behavior truly was. Without the use of the “N” word, the book would lose some of its realistic character. During the time period before the civil war, the “N” word was used to commonly address African Americans, but after the war, the use of the term was derogatory. Twains use of inappropriate word choice, to address certain characters provides the story with intense dialogues.…show more content…
As a retired captain twain was very familiar and had a love for the famous Mississippi River, and much of the southern country. His use of geography in his book gave readers a realistic view of what life was like for Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain creates a realistic novel through meticulous detail in the descriptions of the setting, diction, and characters. The setting is described with much detail and imagery, so as to make it as close as possible to the actual surroundings. Twain creates specific passages to set up the setting for the reader to be fully immersed in realistic geographical
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