Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - 246 pages
These materials will promote interdisciplinary study of the novel and enrich the student's understanding of the issues raised. The work begins with a literary analysis of the novel's structure, language, and major themes and examines its censorship history, including recent cases linked to questions of race and language. A chapter on censorship and race offers a variety of opposing contemporary views on these issues as depicted in the novel. The memoirs in the chapter Mark Twain's Mississippi Valley illuminate the novel's pastoral view of nature in conflict with a violent civilization resting on the institution of slavery and shaped by the genteel code of honor. Slavery, Its Legacy, and Huck Finn features 19th-century pro-slavery arguments, firsthand accounts of slavery, the text of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, and opposing views on civil disobedience from such 19th- and 20th-century Americans as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stephen A. Douglas, and William Sloane Coffin. Nineteenth-century commentators on the Southern Code of Honor and Twain's sentimental cultural satire directly relate the novel to the social and cultural milieu in which it was written. Each chapter closes with study questions, student project ideas, and sources for further reading on the topic. This is an ideal companion for teacher use and student research in English and American history courses.
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Finally they decide to steal all the loot they can find from the staterooms of the sinking ship and leave their companion tied up to drown: "Now I say it ...
This initiation prepares the reader for Huck's decision at the end of the novel to leave civilization for a life in nature in the less inhabited "territory ...
... two brothers, Buck, and his cousin Joe on the day Huck leaves); the whole family of the boy whose story Huck fabricates for the king and the duke; ...
Before he leaves town with Pap, while he is living at the house of the Widow Douglas, his view of Jim, Miss Watson's slave, does not differ significantly ...
Huck's instinctive alliance with Jim is cemented when, rather than running away alone and leaving Jim on the island to fend for himself, he wakes Jim up to ...
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Censorship and Race
3 Mark Twains Mississippi Valley
4 Slavery Its Legacy and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
5 The Code of Honor
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