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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Background in preparation for reading Mark Twain's novel
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Angela Speach

on 29 January 2014

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Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Define
"humor"
When can humor be used to shed light on a serious subject?
Describe a time when you used humor to a something serious or offensive to ?
Satire
the use of irony, ridicule, or sarcasm to denounce or expose a folly, vice
"The Dictator"
What comes to mind when you think of a dictator? Behaviors? Expectations?
As you watch the following movie trailer, take notes on what the movie satirizes for the following individuals:
dictators
immigrants (behavior)
behavior in public & to others
Hitler
What type of leader was Hitler?
What were some of his beliefs that drove his motives and actions?
Would he have wanted to see the world as it is today?
Huck Finn
Life on the Mississippi
1840s
Mark Twain
Samuel Clemens
Nov. 30, 1835
Father died of pnemonia when he was 12.
At 13, became a printer's apprentice
Moved to St. Louis at the age of 17 to become a river pilot.....Mark Twain was born
Twain married, had 4 children. One died as an infant. Two died in their twenties. Clara, their surviving daughter lived to be 88, but never had children.
There are no direct descendents of Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Controversy
Dialect
Twain used accents and slang words to bring his characters to life.
Twain wrote dialogue for his characters that made them sound like real people
Each character had a distinct voice.
Chapter 1
"You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth..."
Can you see how this captures the
way someone speaks?
Many white characters are depicted as foolish,
cruel or selfish
The main black character, Jim, is depicted as wise, unselfish, albeit uneducated and superstitious.
Themes
Family: Huck's selfish ways of keeping Huck in his life. Jim hiding Huck's pa's death. Huck frequently involved with families who want to adopt him.
Life on the Mississippi: alternates between idyllic and threatening. All forms of humanity are encountered.
Acceptance of Jim as a man: strong, brave, generous and wise
Religion: Huck is religious, but has trouble believing in God.
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