Essay about The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

1169 Words Aug 27th, 2014 5 Pages
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, arguably author and journalist Mark Twain’s greatest achievement, is perhaps its author’s most profound work. Composed in the late nineteenth century subsequent to the abolition of slavery nationwide, Twain’s controversial novel audaciously tackles several taboo topics of the Reconstruction era, propelled by the author’s own unorthodox - and highly debated - beliefs. Twain’s iconoclastic ideas regarding the southern United States and its notoriously prejudiced society have come to characterize Huck Finn as a whole, as they have been interwoven into every aspect of the novel. So closely intertwined are Twain’s own opinions of Southern civilization with the story’s development that readers are submerged head-first into moral introspection, coerced into reflecting upon their own beliefs as they watch Huck do the same. Through a close inspection of alcoholism, Southern religion, and education, among other things, Mark Twain masterfully developed a story centered ultimately around the innate, underlying human struggle between right and wrong. Because of this, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has withstood the test of time and become one of America’s most iconic and commemorative historical fiction works. Mark Twain’s resonant tale of morality and freedom boldly attacks the region at the heart of the novel - the southern United States. As young Huckleberry Finn and the runaway slave, Jim, attempt to navigate the Mississippi River with…

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