Huckleberry Finn Mood Analysis

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Tone…Mood... It’s what bonds the foundation of human emotion, without it we would never be able to see anything in its true light, and the earth would simply be a meaningless rock. Without tone and mood “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” would be a boring story without any themes or purpose. At the beginning of the book, we start out with the adventurous Huck disdaining Widow Douglass and Miss Watson for trying to conform him into a civilized household-- creating a bit of a rebellious tone. “She put me in them new clothes again, and I couldn't do nothing but sweat and sweat, and feel all cramped up. Well, then, the old thing commenced again. The widow rung a bell for supper, and you had to come to time. When you got to the table you couldn't go right to eating,” says…show more content…
The mood and tone change from rebellious and playful to somber. However, the greatest change in mood is that of Huck. His character, along with his maturity level, changes. In the first few chapters we saw Huck as a naive, rebellious, and dare I say stupid young boy. Consequently, with the arrival of pap, Huck has to make plans and behave as almost a parent for himself while in the custody of pap. Since pap’s parenting methods are clouded by the foggy consumption of liquor, he doesn’t look out for Huck, therefore making Huck behave as the only mature adult. Huck also wanted to go to school and partake in a more civilized manor, just to upset pap. When Huck runs away from Saint Petersburg, the mood changes from a simplistic country novel to a riveting adventure. Here, Huck is forced to uproot himself from his protectors and behave as his own guardian, with the help of Jim of course. We see this unfold as he makes life changing decisions, like whether to stay on Jackson’s Island, a place that he knew and felt safe, but would surely get killed, or head down the Mississippi and face challenges that were new, but also
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