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Imagery and Figurative Language in Huck Finn

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Transcript of Imagery and Figurative Language in Huck Finn

Figurative Language
Twain was limited with figurative language because he used Huck as the narrator
Huck - 13 years old, poorly educated
Twain still effectively uses figurative language to enhance the story
-The formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively
-Figurative or descriptive language in a literary work depicted by the senses
Works Cited
- Superstitions
- Huck's pap returns for money
- Duke and Dauphin commit several crimes
- Huck doesn't want to in civilization with the Widow
Civilization Continued
- Huck and Jim find several murdered people
- Huck realizes the cruelty of society as duke and dauphin are feathered
General Example
Imagery and Figurative Language in Huckleberry Finn
Dawson Winter, Ryan Van Wyngarden, Brandon Keuneke, and Tyler Van Wyngarden
Story 1: Toby was lost. He must have wandered off from his family during their morning hike because around noon he realized that he was all alone in the middle of the woods. He was not frightened exactly, but he was definitely anxious to find his family before evening. The thought of spending a night in the woods alone was a scary one. Heaving a sigh, Toby walked on.

Story 2: Toby was completely lost. He must have wandered off from his family during their morning hike because around noon he realized that he was alone in the middle of the wide, whispering woods. Thunk! Thunk! went his feet on the soft pine needles that covered the ground like a soft brown blanket. Birds twittered and tweeted from the sky-scraping branches of trees, but there was no sound of his family. He was not frightened exactly, but he was as anxious as a fish out of water to find his family before evening.The thought of spending a night in the woods alone was one that made his heart dance a fearful frenzied jig in his chest. Heaving a sigh, Toby tiredly trudged on.
Which is Better?
Twain and Imagery
-Uses to further develop parts of the plot
-Helps demonstrate the time period
-Example in Chapter 19

Example #1
"It did come, too. It was a Tuesday that we had that talk. Well, after dinner Friday we was laying around in the grass at the upper end of the ridge, and got out of tobacco. I went to the cavern to get some, and found a rattlesnake in there. I killed him, and curled him up on the foot of Jim's Blanket, ever so natural, thinking there'd be some fun when Jim found him there.
Well, by night, I forgot all about the snake, and when Jim flung himself down on the Blanket while I struck a light the snake's mate was there, and bit him. He jumped up yelling, and the first thing the light showed was the varmint curled up and ready for another spring
" (Twain 62).
Example #2
"We catched fish and talked , and we took a swim now and then to keep off the sleepiness.
It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still, river laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking aloud, and it warn't often that we laughed - only a little kind of a low chuckle.
We had mighty good weather as a general thing , and nothing ever happened to us at all- that night, nor the next, nor the next" (Twain 72).
Example #3
" So I give it a shake, and out drops a little piece of paper with "half past two" wrote on it with a pencil. I ransacked it , but couldn't find anything else. I couldn't make anything out of that , so I put the paper in the book again, and when I got home and up stairs there was Miss Sophia in the door waiting for me.
She pulled me in and shut the door; then she looked glad; and before a body could think she grabbed me and give me a squeeze , and said I was the best boy in the world, and not to tell anybody. She was mighty red in the face for a minute, and her eyes lighted up , and it made her powerful pretty
" (Twain 113).
exaggeration of a quality
Chapter 14
"Solomon had one; he had about a million wives" (Twain 84).

Three Types:
noun is used to represent something entirely different from its original meaning
throughout the story, the river is a symbol of
Huck and Jim's only means of escape was the river
a statement that refers to something without mentioning it directly
Chapter 29, Page 194
"It got darker and darker, and it was a beautiful time to give the crowd the slip; but that big husky had me by the wrist-Hines-and a body might as well try to give
the slip" (Twain).

"I's rich now, come to look at it. I owns myself, en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars" (Twain 52).
Grangerfords and Sheperdsons
Huck sees freeing Jim as unjust and sinful
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Figurative Language- highlights significant parts of the story and forces the reader to think and become more involved
Twain uses figurative language to address important social issues
Twain uses imagery to press important issues of the plot and bring attention to certain areas of the novel
"Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder, and I flipped it off and it lit in the candle; and before I could budge it was all shriveled up. I didn't need anybody to tell me that that was an awful bad sign and would fetch me some bad luck, so I was scared and most shook the clothes off of me," (Twain 15).
"'I hain't got no money.'
'It's a lie. Judge Thatcher's got it. You git it. I want it.'
'I hain't got no money, I tell you. You ask Judge Thatcher; he'll tell you the same.'
'All right. I'll ask him; and I'll make him pungle, too,'" (Twain 32-33)
"The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn’t stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied," (Twain 13).
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