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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

IMAGERY The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain PREJUDICE SATIRE RELIGION MANKIND'S HYPOCRISY In this book, there is prejudice everywhere, but mainly when talking about African Americans and slaves. White people in the South during this time period don't think very much of slaves, and that is shown by this quote, where Aunt Sally learns that a slave died on a steamboat crash and goes on to say that no one was hurt. "Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn't. She said it was a mean practice and wasn't clean, and I must try to not do it any more. That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don't know nothing about it, Here she was a-bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and no use to anybody, being gone, you see, yet finding a power of fault with me for doing a thing that had some good in it. And she took snuff, too; of course that was all right, because she done it herself. (4)" "Because Mary Jane 'll be in mourning from this out; and first you know the nigger that does up the rooms will get an order to box these duds up and put 'em away; and do you reckon a nigger can run across money and not borrow some of it?" "Now she had got a start, and she went on and told me all about the good place. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever. So I didn't think much of it. But I never said so. I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and she said not by a considerable sight. I was glad about that, because I wanted him and me to be together" "After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people." Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas are portrayed as good, Christian women with morals and values, yet they own Jim and they think it is okay to take Jim away from his family for money. Society sees this as normal and it is accepted. example 1 example 3 example 1 example 2 example 3 example 1 example 2 example 1 example 2 In the beginning of the book, we learn that the Widow Douglas is trying to "sivilize" Huck Finn. She is teaching him about the bible, and namely about Moses. Huck grows tired of learning about religion when she mentions that Moses is dead. He doesn't understand why someone would pay so much attention to someone who is dead and can't do anything for anyone anymore. While the duke and the king are pretending to be the Wilks brothers, they hide some of the stolen money. The king goes on to say that if a slave came across the money, they would steal it. He basically calls all black men thieves, when in reality, that's exactly what he is. After the Widow Douglas teaches Huck about Moses, he asks her if he can smoke, but she tells him to because it wasn't clean. Huck goes on to say that the Widow does snuff, but that was all right because she does it herself. Miss Watson tells Huck Finn about heaven, and she tells him that all anyone has to do is walk about all day playing a harp and singing. She also tells him that Tom Sawyer won't be going there. Of course, Huck isn't very interested in going to this place because Tom won't be there with him. "The judge and the widow went to law to get the court to take me away from him and let one of them be my guardian; but it was a new judge that had just come, and he didn't know the old man; so he said courts mustn't interfere and separate families if they could help it; said he'd druther not take a child away from its father. So Judge Thatcher and the widow had to quit on the business. (22)" When Pap comes back into town, the Widow Douglas and Judge Thatcher go to court to see if the new judge in town will allow one of them to be his legal guardian. The new judge says that he didn't think he should interfere and separate a family by taking a child away from his father. This shows that society is more concerned with what is accepted, instead of looking out for what is in the best interest for the child. Huck comes across the Grangerford family while floating down the Mississippi. They allow him into their house, and make him feel comfortable and at home. Their youngest, Buck, tells Huck about a feud between the Grangerford's and the Shepardson's. No one remembers how or when the feud started, but every member of the Grangerford family wants to kill everyone of the other family, and vice versa. The next Sunday, both families attend church together and keep their rifles between their knees while the preacher gives a sermon on brotherly love. "It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way. (84)" After Huck and Jim get out of the fog, Huck plays a joke on Jim and hurts his feelings. Jim tells him that his feelings got hurt when Huck played the trick on him. It takes Huck a while to apologize to Jim for tricking him, because he had to humble himself to apologize to a slave. In the town of Bricksville, Huck witnesses a man named Sherburn kill another man named Boggs. The townspeople then form an angry mob as they are mourning the death of Boggs and decide to lynch Sherburn. He then appears on the roof of his house with a rifle, poised and calm. He then proceeds to tel them that they are all cowards and would not be acting like this if they were alone. He humiliates them and ridicules them, laughing at the idea that any of them could actually lynch someone. "You didn't want to come. The average man don't like trouble and danger. You don't like trouble and danger. But if only half a man--like Buck Harkness, there--shouts 'Lynch him! Lynch him!' you're afraid to back down--afraid you'll be found out to be what you are--cowards--and so you raise a yell, and hang yourselves onto that half-a-man's coat-tail, and come raging up here, swearing what big things you're going to do. The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that's what an army is--a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any man at the head of it is beneath pitifulness. Now the thing for you to do is to droop your tails and go home and crawl in a hole. If any real lynching's going to be done it will be done in the dark, Southern fashion; and when they come they'll bring their masks, and fetch a man along. Now leave--and take your half-a-man with you (142)" "Ole missus--dat's Miss Watson--she pecks on me all de time, en treats me pooty rough, but she awluz said she wouldn' sell me down to Orleans. But I noticed dey wuz a nigger trader roun' de place considable lately, en I ein to git oneasy. Well, one night I creeps to de do' pooty late, en de do' warn't quite shet, en I hear old missus tell de widder she gwyne to sell me down to Orleans, but she didn' want to, but she could git eight hund'd dollars for me, en it 'uz sich a big stack o' money she couldn' resis'. (43)" The duke and king decide to con the townspeople in one of they towns they come across one night by putting on The Royal Nonesuch at the courthouse. They call themselves "world renowned tradgedians" and trick the people into seeing the show by advertising it as prohibited to ladies and children. They con the people out of their money and parade about the stage making fools of themselves. This is satirizing ordinary people and royalty, and rulers in general. "...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. (48)" This quote is describing the sound of the thunder, saying that it sounds like "rolling empty barrels down stairs," It is so full of imagery that you know exactly what type of thunder Twain is describing, and can almost hear it. "When it was daylight, here was the clear Ohio water inshore, sure enough, and outside was the old regular Muddy! (90)" There are quite a few instances in this book where Twain takes time to describe the muddy waters of the Mississippi River. In this instance, he paints the reader a picture of the difference between the Ohio waters and the Mississippi waters, and how they meet near Cairo, Illinois. example 2 "Well, this is too many for me, Jim. I hain't seen no fog, nor no islands, nor no troubles, nor nothing. I been setting here talking with you all night till you went to sleep about ten minutes ago, and I reckon I done the same. You couldn't a got drunk in that time, so of course you've been dreaming." example 1 example 2 "Next Sunday we all went to church, about three mile, everybody a-horseback. The men took their guns along, so did Buck, and kept them between their knees or stood them handy against the wall. The Shepherdsons done the same. It was pretty ornery preaching -- all about brotherly love, and such-like tiresomeness; but everybody said it was a good sermon, and they all talked it over going home, and had such a powerful lot to say about faith and good works and free grace and preforeordestination, and I don't know what all, that it did seem to me to be one of the roughest Sundays I had run across yet." example 3 "The bills said:

AT THE COURT HOUSE!
FOR 3 NIGHTS ONLY!
The World-Renowned Tragedians
DAVID GARRICK THE YOUNGER!
AND
EDMUND KEAN THE ELDER!
Of the London and Continental
Theatres,
In their Thrilling Tragedy of
THE KING'S CAMELEOPARD,
OR
THE ROYAL NONESUCH ! ! !
Admission 50 cents.

Then at the bottom was the biggest line of all, which said:
LADIES AND CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED.

'There,' says he, 'if that line don't fetch them, I don't know Arkansaw!'"
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