Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents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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... to another (for example, a detective investigating the murder discovers one thing and then another); (4) a climax, which is the turning point (when it ...
Huck getting lost in the fog and his apology • Huck changing his mind about turning Jim in • The Shepherdsons and Grangerfords • The arrival of the king and ...
The reader sees Huck as admirable in failing to turn Jim in, but for the same reason Huck thinks himself to be immoral and mean. What the reader recognizes ...
... cooperates with his outlaw friends to cheat the Wilks family in Mississippi and in turn breaks their code to see that the Wilks girls get their money.
By this time Boggs has to turn around to see Sherburn, but Sherburn has already made up his mind and shoots Boggs twice. Like Huck's recent shattering ...
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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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