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Naturalism/Realism in Huck Finn
Transcript of Naturalism/Realism in Huck Finn
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(In art and literature) a style and theory of representation based on the accurate depiction of detail.
Lower socioeconomic classes
Naturalist authors often write about the darker side of life
The quality or fact of representing a person, thing, or situation accurately or in a way that is true to life.
Renders reality closely and in comprehensive detail
Character is more important than action and plot; complex ethical & choices are often the subject
Class is important: the novel has traditionally served the interest and aspirations of an insurgent middle class
Events will usually be plausible. Realistic novels avoid the sensational dramatic elements of Naturalistic novels and Romances
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Jim and Huck are on the adventure of a life time in search of freedom. They both run from a life plagued with people they wish to forget and rules that need breaking.
Realism in Huck Finn
'set her back, john, set her back!' says one. they backed water. 'keep away, boy - keep to looard. confound it, i just expected the wind has blowed it to us. your pap's got the smallpox, and you know it precious well. why didn't you come out and say so? do you want to spread it all over?'
'well,' says i, a-blubbering, 'i've told everybody before, and then they just went away and left us.'
'poor devil, there's something in that. we are right down sorry for you, but we - wel, hang it, we don't want the smallpox, you see. look here, i'll tell you what to do. don't try to land yourself, or you'll smash everything to pieces. you float along down about twenty miles and you'll come to a town on the left-hand side of the river. it will be long after sun-up, then, and when you ask for herlp, you tell them your folks ae all down with chills and fever. don't be a fool again, and let people guess what is the matter. now twenty miles between us, that's a good boy. it wouldnt do any good to land yonder where the light is - it's only a woodyard, say - i reckon your father's poor, and i'm bound to say he's in pretty hard luck, here - i'll put a twenty-dollar gold piece on this borad, and you get it when it floats by. i feel mighty mean to leave you, but my kingdom! it won't do to fool with smallpox, don't you see?'
'hold on, parker,' says the other man, 'here's a twenty to put on the board for me. good-bye, boy, you do as mr.parker told you, and you'll be all right.'
'that's so, my boy - good-bye, good-bye. if you see any runaway niggers, you get help and nab them, and you can make some money by it.'
'good-bye, sir,' says i. 'i wont let no runaway niggers get by me if i can help it.'
they went off and i got aboard the raft, feeling bad and low, because i knowed very well i had done wrong, and i see it warn't no use for me to try to learn to do right; a body that don't get started right when he's little, ain't got no show - when the pinch comes there ain't nothing to back him up and keep him to his work, and so he gets beat. then i thought a minute, and says to myself, hold on, - s'pose you'd done right and give jim up; would you feel better than what you do now? no, says i, i'd feel bad - i'd feel just the same way i do now. well, then. says i, what's the use you learning to do right, when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same? i was stuck, i couldn't answer that. so i reckoned i wouldn't bother no more about it, but after this always do whichever come handiest at the time.
i went around the wigwam; jim warn't there. i looked all around; he warn't anywhere. i says:
'here i is huck. is dey out o' sight yit? don't talk loud.'
he was in the river, under the stern oar, with just his nose out. i told him they was out of sight, so he come aboard. he says:
'i was a-listenin' to all de talk, en i slips into de river en was gwyne to shove for sho' if dey come aboard. den i was gwyne to swim to de raf' agin when dey was gone. but lawsy, how you did fool 'em, huck! dat wuz de smartes' dodge! i tell you chile, i 'speck it save' old jim - ole jim ain't gwyne to forgit you for dat, honey.'
Naturalism Quote from Huck Finn
Next you'd see a raft sliding by, away off yonder, and maybe a galoot on it chopping, because they're always doing it on a raft; you see an axe flash, and come down - you don't hear nothing; you see that axe go up again, and by the time its about the man's head, then you hear the
- it hadtook all that time to come over the water.
'what's that, yonder?'
'apiece of a raft,' i says.
'do you belong on it?'
'any men on it?'
'only on, sir.'
'well, there's five niggers run off to-night, up yonder about the head of the bend. is your man white or black?'
i didnt answer up prompt. i tried to, but the words couldnt come. i tried, for a econd or two, to brace up and out with it, but i warn't man enough - hadn't the spunk of a rabbit. i see i was weakening; so i just give up trying, and up and says:
'i reckon we'll go and see for ourselves.'
'i wish you would,' i says, 'because it's pap that's therre, and maybe you'd hlp me tow the raft ashore where the light is. he's sick - and so is mam and Mary Ann.'
'oh, the devil! we're in a hurry, boy. but i s'pose we've got to. come - buckle to your paddle, and let's get along.'
i buckled to my paddle and they laid to their oars.when we had madde a stroke or two, i says:
'pap'll be mighty much obleeged to you, i can tel you. everybody goes away when i want them to help me tow the raft ashore, and i can't do it by myslef.'
'well, that's infernal mean. odd, too. day, boy, what's the matter with your father?'
it's the - a - the - well, it ain't anything much.'
they stopped pulling. it warn't but a mighty ways to the raft, now. one says:
'boy, that's a lie. what is the matter with your pap? answer up square, now, and it'll be the better for you.'
'i will, sir, honest - but don't leave us, please. its the - the - gentlemen, if you'll only pull ahead, let me heave you the head line, you won't have to come a-near the raft - please do.'
Mark Twain Fun Facts! :D
•He was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835 in the town of Florida, Missouri. That was two weeks after Halley's Comet appeared in its closest approach to the Earth.
•He was one of seven children, and the second to last child born. Unfortunately, a number of Twain’s siblings died throughout their childhood. Only half of his siblings survived—his brother Orion, his brother Henry, and his sister Pamela.
•In 1846, when he was 11 his father died of pneumonia so he quit school and became a printer’s apprentice with the Hannibal Journal to help support his family.
•Even though he didn't go to school as a child for very long, he knew that no matter where he went in life, he could still educate himself by life experiences and by reading at the library during the evening. (Everyone should do this! Especially you Molly, Bobby and Super-Asain)
•When he was in St. Louis he became fascinated with river boating. He became a steamboat pilot in 1859 after befriending Horace E. Biby, a steamboat pilot, and memorizing over 2000 miles of riverbed.
•From his experience as a licensed river pilot, he chose the pen name by which he his best known - Mark Twain. The term “mark twain” means it is safe to sail because the water’s depth is two fathoms, or 12 feet. “Mark one” is six feet, “mark ta-ree” is 18 feet, and “mark four” is 24 feet.
Mark Twain Fun Facts Continued!
•Growing up in Missouri was the inspiration for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, published in 1876. Inspired by his youth, Twain penned the clever escapades of a young boy.
•A small supporting character became the hero in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in 1885, which has been called the first "Great American Novel."
•He was born right after Halley’s Comet appeared and the comet was scheduled to return in 1910. He told people in 1909,“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet."
•As he predicted, he died on April 21, 1910, of a heart attack, the day after Halley’s Comet made its closest pass. He was 74 years old.
"Twenty years from now, you will be more dissapointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Since Mark Twain was known as a humorist, satirist, and social commentator, the Kennedy Center established an award in 1998 for comedy called The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The award is given by the Kennedy Center to people who have had an impact on American society like Mark Twain did as a social commentator and satirist
The other recipients in receiving order since 1998 are:
Ernest Hemingway gave Mark Twain a great tribute when he said:
“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn."
If there is but one quote you should know the meaning to let it be this one: