the analysis of Huckleberry Finn

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the analysis of Huckleberry Finn

    The Analysis of Huckleberry Finn

    1Character analysis

    Huck is the central figures of the novel. He dislikes civilized ways because they are personally restrictive and hard. He is generally ignorant of book- learning, but he has a sharply developed sensibility. He is imaginative and clever, and has a sharp eye for detail. All of his virtues come from his good heart and his sense of Humanity. For example, he was taught that slavery was good and right, and that runaway slave should be reported, so what Huck has got to do is to cut through social prejudices and social discriminations to find truth for himself. At first he can not see Jim as a proper human being, and less as his equal. Through their escape down the river, he gets to know Jim better and becomes more and more convinced that he is not only a man; but also a good man. Thus he ends up by accepting him not merely as a human being but also as a loyal friend.

    The very innocence of Huck is reflected through his credulous explanations of what he seesexplanations couched in language characteristic of primitive, basic society. 2writing features

    Therere mainly four significant features in this novel, just as follow:

    First, the story is written in first person and described in childrens words. Also it

    observes life, narrates tales and comments society from a childs vision, so there exists a

    span of observing experience between Huck and adults, causing the humorous effect.

    Second, the combination of the descriptive realism and the lyrical romanticism makes the novel more concrete and full of imagination and enthusiasm.

    Third, many contrasts and reflections are adopted by the writer in portraying characters.

    The fourth feature of the book which helps to make it famous is its language. The book is written in the colloquial style, in the general standard speech of uneducated Americans. The words used here are, mostly Anglo - Saxon in origin, and are short, concrete and direct in effect. Sentence structures are most of them simple or compound. And what is more, there is an ungrammatical element which gives the final finish to his style. The whole book does approximate the actual speech habit of an uneducated boy from the American South of the mid- nineteenth century.


    One of Mark Twains significant contributions to American literature lies in the fact that he made colloquial speech an accepted, respectable literary medium in the literary history of the country. The style has swept American literature and made books before Huck Finn and after it quite different.

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