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Geography Matters- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Taylor M and Scout G
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Scout Gutzmerson

on 19 September 2012

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Transcript of Geography Matters- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Taylor Messinger and Scout Gutzmerson Geography
Matters Geography Matters - Chapter Outline Geography is vital to what the author is trying to convey.
It has many factors:
The physical geography
The climate
How the physical geography and climate effect the people.
Changing the setting of the story can have a significant effect on both plot and characterization.
Consider symbolism
Setting can also be indicative of theme. Mark Twain Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn Citation #1 "We had mountains on the Missouri shore and heavy timber on the Illinois side, and the channel was down the Missouri shore at that place, so we warn't afraid of anybody running across us. We laid there all day, and watched the rafts and steamboats spin down the Missouri shore, and up-bound steamboats fight the big river in the middle" (Twain 69). "On the river front some of the houses was sticking out over the bank, and they was bowed and bent, and about ready to tumble in. The people had moved out of them. The bank was caved away under one corner of some others, and that corner was hanging over. People lived in them yet, but it was dangersome, because sometimes a strip of land as wide as a house caves in at a time. Sometimes a belt of land a quarter of a mile deep will start in and cave along and cave along till it all caves into the river in one summer. Such a town as that has to be always moving back, and back, and back, because the river's always gnawing at it" (Twain 140). Citation #2 Mountains represent obstacles and isolates the characters.
Timber represents protection and knowledge of each other.
Going south signifies escape.
The river can produce aid or obstacles.
River supplies direction, but also confusion.
Water signifies the renewal of their journey.
Feel free. - The geography represents change.
River
Shifting land
- Responses from the inhabitants are symbolic.
- Shows the dangers of ignoring change and sticking too rigidly to what is known. Commentary #1
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