Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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This novel about the adventures of a fourteen-year-old boy has generated controversy in every year since it was published in 1884. "What!" the newcomer to the novel might exclaim — "this popular boy's book about a happy and wholesome ...
Direct a question about Huckleberry Finn to the man or woman on the street, most of whom have encountered Huck's story in a movie or an adaptation of the story for young children, and you will likely be told that Twain's novel is a ...
Even though the traditions about Twain's novel as an innocent boy's book are inaccurate, one tradition about it seems valid: that it is the first truly American novel. This is a puzzling statement at first glance because, of course, ...
language found in Twain's novel was spoken by many Americans in the nineteenth century and nowhere else in the world. Second, its language is representative of a great variety of dialects from different regions, races, and classes.
Chapter 4 continues to explore the historical context of the novel in terms of one of its basic themes, the history of slavery in nineteenth-century America. The documents on slavery are divided into three main categories: (1) arguments ...
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Censorship and Race
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4 Slavery Its Legacy and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
5 The Code of Honor
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