Mark Twain Influence On Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a elaborate book, and a fast paced adventure between a slave named Jim and a young yet troublesome white boy name Finn who lives with his father Pap. Many critics write about whether or not this novel is an apposite piece of literature for students to be reading at the end of middle school or the start of high school. The quality of the literary devices used, including the use of vulgar words such as the “N” word and many others for example “here was a free nigger there from Ohio” (Twain 142). The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be influenced in the curriculum of grades eighth to twelfth ELA classes, and not before. Because of the actions of gruesome violence and intolerable racism,…show more content…
At a certain point in the passage he discusses Jim’s “escape plans”, Tom says, “Jim do not act so foolish. A prisoner’s got to have some kind of a dumb pet, and if a rattlesnake haint even been tried..” (Twain 262) This illustrates the bigotry and violent ideas that Tom will stoop to just for the thrill of the adventure. In other words he would gladly put Jim in danger of being in a room with a rattlesnake, at the chance of being bitten by it, just so he can have fun. Naturally this is an awful example for young minds that are not yet at high…show more content…
They could get the wrong message that it is okay to hurt and make fun of others as long as it satisfies themselves or others. Above the eighth grade level, students who would be capable of seeing this without thinking that Tom’s cruelty is actually entertaining or harmless are in the right mind level to read this book, but of course with the guidance of the teacher. One of the greatest things about Mark Twain’s book The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, is that it gives the reader the kind of difficulty that can hold up from many readings. For this exact reason, the book should be at least read a couple of times throughout a reader’s lifetime. Each time they read the story, they will find nuances that they hadn’t seen before but in a different perspective. An example from the book that can be read multiple times is the part with the Royal Nonesuch perpetrated by the Duke and Dauphin. They are two out of country con-artists who travel with Huck and Jim for a little portion of the adventure, and one of their main schemes was organizing the Royal Nonesuch. This scheme plays out by saying they will perform a show for three consecutive nights, but in reality they perform for about a minute and a half, taking money from the townspeople and their wallets, and after that they leave
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