In fact, in a previous post, I included The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in a list of classic books that I felt no urgency to read because I already had the plot spoiled for me in simplified versions. So I gave up on it. Which indicates this experience was not unique to me.
When he was four years old, his family moved to Hannibal, a town on the Mississippi River much like the towns depicted in his two most famous novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Clemens spent his young life in a fairly affluent family that owned a number of household slaves.
But Hannibal proved too small to hold Clemens, who soon became a sort of itinerant printer and found work in a number of American cities, including New York and Philadelphia.
While still in his early twenties, Clemens gave up his printing career in order to work on riverboats on the Mississippi. Clemens eventually became a riverboat pilot, and his life on the river influenced him a great deal. Life on the river also gave Twain material for several of his books, including the raft scenes of Huckleberry Finn and the material for his autobiographical Life on the Mississippi Clemens continued to work on the river untilwhen the Civil War exploded across America and shut down the Mississippi for travel and shipping.
Although Clemens joined a Confederate cavalry division, he was no ardent Confederate, and when his division deserted en masse, he did too.
He then made his way west with his brother Orion, working first as a silver miner in Nevada and then stumbling into his true calling, journalism. InClemens began to sign articles with the name Mark Twain. As the nation prospered economically in the post—Civil War period—an era that came to be known as the Gilded Age, an epithet that Twain coined—so too did Twain.
His books were sold door-to-door, and he became wealthy enough to build a large house in Hartford, Connecticut, for himself and his wife, Olivia, whom he had married in Twain began work on Huckleberry Finn, a sequel to Tom Sawyer, in an effort to capitalize on the popularity of the earlier novel.
This new novel took on a more serious character, however, as Twain focused increasingly on the institution of slavery and the South. Twain soon set Huckleberry Finn aside, perhaps because its darker tone did not fit the optimistic sentiments of the Gilded Age.
In the early s, however, the hopefulness of the post—Civil War years began to fade. Reconstruction, the political program designed to reintegrate the defeated South into the Union as a slavery-free region, began to fail. The harsh measures the victorious North imposed only embittered the South.
Concerned about maintaining power, many Southern politicians began an effort to control and oppress the black men and women whom the war had freed.
His wife had long been sickly, and the couple lost their first son after just nineteen months. Twain also made a number of poor investments and financial decisions and, infound himself mired in debilitating debt.
As his personal fortune dwindled, he continued to devote himself to writing. Drawing from his personal plight and the prevalent national troubles of the day, he finished a draft of Huckleberry Finn inand by had it ready for publication.
The novel met with great public and critical acclaim. Twain continued to write over the next ten years. Personal tragedy also continued to hound Twain: Despite his personal troubles, however, Twain continued to enjoy immense esteem and fame and continued to be in demand as a public speaker until his death in The story of Huckleberry Finn, however, does not end with the death of its author.
The novel occasionally has been banned in Southern states because of its steadfastly critical take on the South and the hypocrisies of slavery. The fact that the historical context in which Twain wrote made his use of the word insignificant—and, indeed, part of the realism he wanted to create—offers little solace to some modern readers.
Ultimately, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has proved significant not only as a novel that explores the racial and moral world of its time but also, through the controversies that continue to surround it, as an artifact of those same moral and racial tensions as they have evolved to the present day.Huck Finn I recently read the book Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
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A Teacher’s Guide to the Signet Classics Edition of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn INTRODUCTION A study of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an adventure in understanding changes in America itself.
The book, at the center of American geography and. This allows Mark Twain to flow his opinions through Huck in the novel, satirizing organized religion, human nature and its violence, and slavery.
Because of his young age, Huck is able to provide his opinion and approach to societal issues with and innocence and honest first-hand account.