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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
author mocks society in order to provoke change
institutions satirized in Huck include?
a pictorial or literary portrayal of an individual or object with characteristic features distorted or exaggerated for comic effect
occurs when the truth is stretched for entertainment or for humorous effect
a contrast between appearance or expectation and reality
Situational: a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens
Verbal: a contrast between what is spoken and what is actually true
Dramatic: a contrast between what the character thinks and what the audience/reader knows to be true
a boisterous form of comedy marked by chases, collisions, and crude practical jokes
Is the book racist? Does it handle race inappropriately?
Use of the word "nigger"
Characterization of Jim
Is the ending appropriate?
Narrator who does not understand the full significance of the events he describes
Gives his or her own understanding of a story, instead of the interpretation the author wishes the audience to obtain
Huck is not intentionally unreliable; his lack of education and experience makes him so.
Much of the humor in the first chapters comes from Huck's incomplete understanding of the adults around him and their "civilized ways."
Written between 1876-1883
Setting: Mississippi River, ca. 1840
A satirical novel--mocking society to provoke change
A Bildungsroman--coming of age novel
Uses vernacular language, or local dialects
Realism (ca. 1860-1900):
"Life through a clear glass window"
Regionalism: Literature that
attempts to capture the
characteristics of a
Dialect is the distinct form of a language as it is spoken in one geographical area or by a particular social or ethnic group.
A group's dialect is reflected in its characteristic pronunciations, vocabulary, expressions, and grammatical constructions
When trying to reproduce a given dialect, writers often use unconventional spellings to suggest the way words actually sound.
Example from Huck Finn: "But looky here, Huck, who wuz it dat 'us killed in dat shanty, ef it warn't you?"
Writers often use dialect to provide local color
Slapstick humor in Home Alone
Slapstick humor in Looney Tunes
Twain said the novel revolves around the conflict between Huck's "sound heart and deformed conscience"
Heart vs. conscience?
How does Twain's "notice" at the beginning of the book prove ironic?
Does the ending represent a "tragic reversal" of Huck's moral progress?
What are the novel's central themes?
What does the River come to symbolize?
What aspects of society and human nature does Twain satirize?
Is Huck Finn a "racist" book? Why or why not?
Based on the novel's treatment of racial issues, is it an appropriate novel to be taught in a high school classroom?
Which one wins out in the end: Huck's "sound heart" or his "deformed conscience"?
What scenes illustrate the progression of this conflict most clearly?
All right, then, I'll go to hell!
Dialect in the U.S.
Soda . . . or Pop?: