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The Adventures of Huckleberry finn through a new historicism

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Marcela Barros

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Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry finn through a new historicism

Historical Context
"60 Second Recap" connecting southern life and the book
Beginning
Christian Church
Blurred line between Christianity and "southernism"
Central part of life
"After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers..." (12)
White churches often criticized the racial violence, yet they still believed in segregation
Was more of a way of life than belief:
"The men brought their guns with them," (177)
Middle
For example...

Can anyone briefly analyze a book we have already read this year through a New Historicism lens?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn through a new historicism lens
New Historicism
Assumes that every work is a product of the historic moment in which it was created
Interpreting events as products of our time and culture
We are subjective interpreters of what we observe
Analyzing a text through its allusions to the events that occurred during the time the book was written about
Alcoholism
Father and Son Relationship
Duke and Dauphin Scam
Racism
The "N" word
End
Language
Symbolism
Essential questions
1. How does Twain use language to criticize this society?
2. How does Huck and Jim's relationship defy the social norms of the time?
3. What is the impact of the lack of structure in society on Huck?
4. What did it mean to be civilized in that setting?

Free vs. Slave States in 1800's
Huck was torn between helping Jim escape and turning him in
The ideology of the times was that slaves are property and helping them escape was wicked
Role of women
The women in the book play a very minimal role and are mostly seen in the house doing chores. This reflects that women of the time were generally confined to the household
Mentioned 219 times
Displayed how white southerners viewed blacks
Used purposefully by Twain to show the common usage of this word during that time
The idea of temperance was beginning to develop
People drank due to poor water quality
By 1820 the typical adult American consumed more than 7 gallons of absolute alcohol a year (compared to 2.6 gallons today)
The Crucible was written as a response to McCarthyism.
Huck is more fearful towards his father, rather than respecting and loving.
Importance of education
Education was a luxury, not a necessity
There were no laws forcing children to go to school
Huck went back and forth between being in school while living with Mrs. Watson, and being taken out by his dad
"What had poor Miss Watson done to you that you could see her nigger off right under your eye...I got to feeling so mean and so miserable I most wished I was dead" (99)
This book was written about Pre-Civil War America. Racism was still prominent although more abolitionist ideas were spreading.
Keep in mind:
Twain's Upbringings
Was a realist (remember what that was?)
Raised an abolitionist in Missouri during the mid-1800's
His personal life influenced his pieces
Wasn't afraid to say the truth:
What is this political cartoon saying?
What is the danger of replacing the "n" word?
Moving West
By the late 1800's, the US continued moving westward
Idea of Manifest Destiny (1845) - America was destined to move west
"New" and "uncivilized" land
Huck moving west
Last words of the book:

"But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before." (305)
Mississippi River
transportation
allowed for growth
Raft vs. Steamboat
old ways vs. new ways
By: Melanie katz, Marcela barros, leah gross, isabel paret, and katie torok
thanks for watching!

Con artistry has been around since the beginning of time.

Con artists make money through deception. They employ tactics that exploit characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naïveté and greed.

The types of cons the duke and dauphin pulled are very reflective of the time period. In the 1840's there was no fast method of long distance communication. They could therefore move from place to place with relative ease and scam people without fear of people telling each other about them.




Phrases unique to that Twain's time
"...got drunk and had a good time, and
licked me
" (30)
"...as easy as
playing hooky
"
Characters like Huck and Jim didn't have much education and didn't use proper English
sivilize
hain't
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