Essay on The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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The great American writer Ernest Hemingway says, “All modern American writing comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn” (Lombardi). Through this quote, Hemingway perfectly captures the essence of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as American literature’s greatest novel. Throughout its time, Huckleberry Finn has been widely criticized and banned throughout America, yet the story has never had its greatness denied. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer must also go hand-in-hand with Huckleberry Finn, as it introduced Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer to the world. Mark Twain’s life experiences along the Mississippi River influenced the subject matter of the setting and plot of his greatest works through the reflection of his own life into them. Twain’s home on the Mississippi reflected onto the setting of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. The fictional town where Tom and Huck live, St. Petersburg, Missouri, represents the literary incarnation of Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri (Biography.com). Twain’s fond childhood memories growing up in Hannibal allowed him to reflect the setting of those good times onto his literature. All of the main events of Tom Sawyer and some key parts of Huckleberry Finn take place in St. Petersburg, stressing the love Twain had for his hometown by basing his two biggest novels settings on his own hometown. He loved his hometown of Hannibal so much, he named it St. Petersburg in order to imply Heaven, or “St. Peter’s city” (Ensor 33).…

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