Huckleberry Finn Analysis

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Activity #1 (Critique)

Only “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” could continue to stay top tier and also could continue to be one of the best, if not the best American novel of all time. This book clearly broke many rules that society wasn’t ready for at it’s time, but by doing this it paved the way for much of the literature that followed after it. The main character Huckleberry Finn is caught telling the story through his eyes in first person narrative. Huckleberry carries great intentions but he is blind to a lot of the things that happens around him, no matter what; he always follows his first gut instinct which will surprise you in this novel. Reader digression is advised as this book deals with a great American issue….. Racism. In
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Both of these critiques do not fail to mention that the novel carries a fun and exciting tone. Also, the novel is VERY dramatic in which both critiques can account for this. And last, neither of the critiques lack to mention the many advantages the novel has of being written in autobiographical form, it gives more substance to the story they say.

Activity #3
a. Identify contemporary historical events and social practices during the life of each critic that you chose, considering race, gender, age and class-based roles in society during that time.

The author of “The Hartford Courant” was unsigned and i am unable to identify the author as there is no account. But the author of Critique #2 is T.S. Perry. T.S. Perry was a caucasian Male in his 40s holding the status of a writer (middle class). In 1885 the middle classed white man at the age of 40 held a 9-5 while balancing his daily activities. Daily activities consisted of bicycling, reading, and musical events for the average white male.

Activity #4
a. "How do the historical and social norms or the time period that you identified in your research seem to influence critics' views of Huckleberry
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Seeing that this word is now shunned upon in today’s society, you already assume that back then it was socially okay and that their view would be different. That being said, both of critics i chose lived and wrote their articles in the late 1800’s around 1885. In the critiques, it seems that they viewed the book as more humorous than anything. The reviews sound to me as if they are reviewing a children’s book, they viewed the story differently than many people do today. Social norms back then did not include many African-Americans for their middle-aged and middle classed stature, which is why i believe that their humorous critiques are blinded by their lack of familiarity with

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