Essay on Realism Through Twain 's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Realism through Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck and Jim journey down the Mississippi stopping in various locations. Twain’s novel illustrates Realism to describe the characters, setting, and regional dialect. The regional dialect in the novel correlates with the time period in which Huck is traveling down the river. Huck and Jim are major characters throughout the novel as it is telling about their travels down the river. Twain’s description of them gives the reader an insight into their appearance and manner. Lastly, Twain vividly describes the setting of the river and cities to allow the readers a perception of the journey within the novel. Throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain characterizes two real people, Huck and Jim, with complex situations to demostrate realism through his characters. First, Twain endorses the use of the word “nigger” throughout the book. An example of the use of “nigger” is when Huck struggles with his conscience and says, “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn 't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn 't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn 't done that one if I 'd a knowed it would make him feel that way” (Twain 95). The reader quickly discovers that “nigger” is only used as Jim’s name not as a derogatory name. In Huck’s culture, a “nigger” was an African American who was…

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