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Imagery in Huckleberry Finn

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Seth Bjorkman

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The Mississippi River The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck's adventure wasn't much without the Mississippi River. Twain goes into detail describing the river. Huck and Jim both use the river as a method to run away from something. "nearly always in the dead water under a towhead; and then cut young cottonwoods and willows, and hid the raft with them. Then we set out the lines. Next we slid into the river and had a swim, so as to freshen up and cool off; then we set down on the sandy bottom where the water was about knee deep, and watched the daylight come. Not a sound anywheres -- perfectly still -- just like the whole world was asleep, only sometimes the bullfrogs a-cluttering..."(Chapter 19) "He was most 50, and he looked it. His hair was long and tangled and greasy and hung down, and you could see his eyes shining through it like he was behind vines. It was all black, no gray; so was his long, mixed-up whiskers. There warn't no colorin his face, where his face showed--it was white; not like another man's white, but a white to make a body sick, a whote to make a body's flesh crawl--a tree-toad white, a fish-belly white. As for his clothes--just rags, that was all." (Chapter 5) Imagery figurative or descriptive language in a literary work depicted by the senses Written by Mark Twain Imagery in "I never felt easy till the raft was two mile below there and out in the middle of the Mississippi. Then we hung up our signal lantern, and judged that we was free and safe once more. I hadn't had a bite to eat since yesterday, so Jim he got out some corn-dodgers and buttermilk, and pork and cabbage and greens — there ain't nothing in the world so good when it's cooked right" (pg. 107) Twain writes in a controversial way whenever he described Jim. Slaves were seen at the time to not have human feelings and the fact Twain characterized Jim as a peace loving man, it angered the southerners. "and next, when it was just about the bluest and blackest -- FST! it was as bright as glory, and you'd have a little glimpse of treetops a-plunging about away off yonder in the storm, hundreds of yards further than you could see before; dark as sin again in a second, and now you'd hear the thunder let go with an awful crash, and then go rumbling, grumbling, tumbling, down the sky towards the under side of the world, like rolling empty barrels down stairs -- where it's long stairs and they bounce a good deal, you know." (pg.43) The Storm Huckleberry's Abusive Father Huck's dad was described as what is assumed to be the typical southern hillbilly. He drinks and is often violent. When he is found dead there are dirty playing cards laying around with him, with empty alcohol bottles. Huck is impressed by the Grangerford mansion. Twain spends pages describing how beautiful the house was. "It didn't have an iron latch on the front door, nor a wooden one with a buckskin string, but a brass knob to turn, the same as houses in town. There warn't no bed in the parlor, nor a sign of a bed; but heaps of parlors in towns has beds in them. There was a big fireplace that was bricked on the bottom, and the bricks was kept clean and red by pouring water on them and scrubbing them with another brick" (Chapter 17) Grangerford Mansion The End
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