Analysis Of The Book ' The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn ' Essays

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Mark Twain 's masterpiece is his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the whole book is planned and has meaning. It 's a story of life, relationships, racism and a boy who just wants to be free. Very few books in history have been as influential or as controversial. Twain 's use of symbolism, satire, character development, writing style and themes, ultimately create a story that cannot be forgotten, even in the 21st century. The effects of the book have its hold over society.
In Sanford Pinkser 's article in the Virginia Quarterly Review he says:
In the late 1940 's Lionel Triling, perhaps the most influential critic of his time, famously declared that Huck and Tom Sawyer may tell the lies of children but they do not, in Triling 's words, “tell the ultimate lie of adults: they do not lie to themselves.” These characters, who (rightly) believe that “the world is in a conspiracy to lie to [them],” are thus swaddled, Triling argues, in “moral sensitivity.”
Nothing is a coincidence in a novel, every character and every object tends to symbolize something the writer feels. Huckleberry Finn has more symbolism than most American literature. Huck symbolizes America 's hope, spirit and future. He questions society and has an innocence to him that most of the other characters do not have. Like Huck 's best friend, Tom Sawyer, he symbolizes the cruelty of the south, the past. Tom 's ignorant view prevent him from having any development in the story. While Jim symbolizes African…

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