Huckleberry Finn Literary Analysis

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn As one of the most controversial literary work in the world, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn receive ambivalent reviews from people. People debate whether it is appropriate to be taught in school throughout the centuries; some regard it as a classic, while others consider it as a trash. Set in a southern antebellum society, the novel describes the story between Huck Finn, a white boy, and Jim, a black slave. Mark Twain promotes anti-racism in the work, but not by direct expression. He uses techniques such as irony and satire to reproduce the situation of black people and asks readers for understanding. This intention requires readers’ cogitative thinkings. So The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is suitable …show more content…
In the work, Mark Twain applies techniques such as irony and satire, but not direct appealing language to reveal the theme, which puts the theme of anti-racism behind the language of racism. He mocks and satirizes the situation at that time to reveal the ignominy of racist people. However, not all people are able to understand. From the report of Boston Transcript, the members of The Concord Public Library characterize The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as “rough, coarse and inelegant ” and consider it as “the veriest trash”. Obviously they do not really absorb the meanings of the work; if they understand, they will not terribly defame it as this. Even some adults cannot appreciate the language and the meaning of the work, not to mention the young children. If the readers are not mature enough, they will mess up the real meaning. In the novel, without the awareness of the rights of black slaves, people proscribe and enslave them. What Twain’s attempt from this point is to summon people’s awareness of the natural rights of humans, including the enslaved. Nevertheless, the readers get confused with and question the natural rights of humans if they are not mature; it is important for the readers to be mature enough to read the novel, to read between the

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