The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn As A Literary Piece Ahead Of Its Time

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I consider The adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a literary piece ahead of its time. Mark Twain pushed the boundaries of American literature with this novel. Earnest Hemingway once wrote “American Literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn”. The story line covers topics that were generally not discussed in literature during this time period, topics such as slavery, conforming to society and freedom. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn can be described as a reflection of modernity as well as American identity. Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself has similarities to Huck Finn in relation to its attitude towards modernity and American identity. As I mentioned earlier Twain was ahead of his time when writing Huck Finn, for instance the shear fact that one of his main characters is a runaway slave shows his ability to push the envelope of his readers. Slavery during this time period was not something commonly talked about in literature. Its as if Twain could predict where slavery in America was headed making this topic relevant to his readers, while also giving an insight to slavery back in the day for Present Americans. Twain gave Jim (the runaway slave) the identity of a person instead of the identity of an object or property. For example, when the fog rolled in and Jim and Huck were separated Jim was extremely concerned about Huck. When Huck finally makes his way back onto the raft he decides to play a trick on Jim. After Huck reveals it was a prank and…

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