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Huckleberry Finn: The Story of America
Mai Sheng Vangon 3 December 2012
Transcript of Huckleberry Finn: The Story of America
considering how dismal
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widow was in all her ways..."(1) Huckleberry Finn first introduces Huck with his southern accent and with misspelled words which indicates his education. Introduction of Jim This would show how the society viewed slaves during that time. Jim is slave who runs away for freedom with the help of Huck. Twain's Adventure of Huckleberry Finn shows us a part of the Story of America, relating to the Hamitic Curse, through each different characters of the novel. Twain's surrounding had influence his writing of this novel, to create such characters. “It was a close place. I took it up and held it in my hand…’All right then I’ll go to hell’-and tore it up.” (215) Character: Huck, a young boy who is stuck between a society where white are inferior to colored slaves. Twain creates Huck to show how the American Story from back then. How the society's influence affected a young boy. "Miss Watson's nigger, Jim, had hair-ball as big as your fist, which had been out of the fourth stomach of an ox, and he used to do magic with it." (17) Different definition of civilized from the 1980's to the 21 century. The society's influence on Huck, in making him think that Jim's religion is into witchcraft and voodoo. Huck's southern accent sets up the setting of the novel, in the South. This is an important setting because it has lot of background. For example the farms and agriculture, and the many slaves there.
“..then a man goes in the night, with a hundred masked cowards at his back, and lynches the rascal” (148). Twain's reference to the KKK. The white people who strongly believed in white superiority. Walking at night in mobs and torturing slave or black people. Twain's choice as an author had made Huck's dialogues similar to how Jim talks. And how they both ignorant. Because there dialogues are similar, with the misspells and the knowledge about the world. Huck is uncivilized because of his imagination and rebellious of learning. Twain's choice of introducing Jim like this... This sets the setting of the time when Twain wrote Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
-Hamitic Curse: White Superiority & Black Inferiority This is the Story
of America When Jim is limited with knowledge because he is a black slave. Character: Sherburn. Killed the town's drunk and then was confronted with a town mob and he then makes his powerful anger speech about the society.
One of the messages that Twain wants his audience to understand. How he's doesn't like white superiority, the KKK. It was 'lection day, and I was just about to go vote, myself, if I warn't too drunk to get there; but when they told me there was a State in the country where they'd let that nigger vote, I drawed out" (27). Character: Pap, Hick's father, who's a drunk. He is racist and doesn't like black people. Twain's choice to make this dialogue to be from this character, a drunk, shows how these kinds of ideas aren't important. If you don't seem like a reasonable person, you shouldn't be listen to. Story of America: Most people during Twain's time were arrogant just like pap. "...knowing and not ignorant; and not mean, but kind and yet here he was, without any pride, or rightness, or feeling, than to stoop to this business, and make himself a shame..."(235) Character: Tom Sawyer. An adventurous boy who doesn't care about anyone's opinion expect for his own. Huck thinks about Tom's situation and doesn't want Tom to get in trouble for save Jim. But Tom doesn't even care about wrecking his own reputation. He just wants to have fun and save Jim. Story of America:
Tom can be compared to abolitionists to an extend of willing to save slaves. Hamitic Curse: To save a Slave will send you to hell because it's immoral. Moral: To save a person, who happens to be a Slave, who's in danger. The Story Of America.
-Good vs Evil