Essay on The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

1477 Words Jan 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Ernest Hemingway once stated, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” Accordingly, Hemingway believes that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Huckleberry Finn) was an iconic book that set the stage for all other American literature in the future. In any case, three reasons why Huckleberry Finn is one of the greatest pieces of American literature to date is because of the standards for human rights, the development of characterization, and the profound sense of morality portrayed.
As many critics say Huckleberry Finn was one of the most influential pieces of all time, Twain proves this to be true through his profound understanding on human standards. Huck exemplifies his stance on human dignity when he said, "Old Jim was gone. Then I sat down and cried; I couldn 't help it" (Twain; 246). Considering the time frame this story took place, the common view on blacks was they were not human and just slaves or property. However, Twain illustrates Huck as seeing Jim as much more than just a slave; he is Huck’s best friend, and Huck could see right through Jim’s skin color to see what was on the inside. Besides, he has grown to care deeply for Jim, seeing the goodness in him and knowing that freedom is what Jim deserves. Twain demonstrates a point of view on human dignity that was highly uncommon at the time, having a white treat a…

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