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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Literary Devices in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

Slavery is legal. Everyone drunk. And you'd better not touch any rattlesnake skins, because you'll be sure to have bad luck.Welcome to the South, circa twenty years before the Civil War. And this i...

Narrator Point of View

Meet Huck—or, as you introduces himself, "You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter" (1.10).So, we know right away...

Genre

Kid on a raft, bad guys, several snake-related incidences—you're just one Samuel L. Jackson (and a few technological innovations) away from Snakes on a Plane. (Although, to be fair, Twain is also...

Tone

Twain's has a point to make and he's going to get it across, with the story's plot line as well as through Huck's explanation of his inner thoughts. Here's a good tone example from Chapter 31:I fel...

Writing Style

Since Huck is our first-person narrator, the whole story is told in his voice. And boy is it distinctive:I didn't want to go back no more. I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn't like it; b...

What’s Up With the Title?

Okay, so, the novel is about a kid named Huck Finn having some adventures. Pretty clear. But we think there's actually something more going on here. "Adventures" sounds like kid stuff. In fact, it...

What’s Up With the Ending?

Jim is free, Tom's leg is healed, Huck still has his $6,000, and Aunt Sally has offered to adopt him. Talk about your Hollywood ending. Well, not so fast. Settling down with Aunt Sally—as nice as...

Tough-o-Meter

Twain is writing in a style that you could call "vernacular" if you were feeling fancy, and "ordinary speech" if you were feeling, well, ordinary. (Vernacular specifically refers to language as it'...

Plot Analysis

Sivilization and Six Thousand DollarsWhen we meet Huck, it sounds like he should be set for life: he's rich, and he's being brought up by a strict but upstanding widow. But something's missing. Adv...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Young and naïve hero? Check. Suddenly cast into a strange world… like, say, helping a slave escape despite having grown up in a system of rules and morality where that's no different from steali...

Three Act Plot Analysis

The Hangover, Beta VersionHuck and Jim run away from their respective enslavements, and we're ready for a wacky road movie. For a while, we get it: they hide out in a cave, trick some robbers, and...

Trivia

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn had barely made it off the American presses in 1885 before it was banned in several libraries. All those fussy librarians objected to the subject matter, the dial...

Steaminess Rating

Move along, folks, because there's nothing to see here. That's right. Sure, there was one hot redhead, and several cross-dressing incidents, and some nudity on the raft, but that's about it.

Allusions

The Bible (All over the place in this novel)Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote (3.4)John Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come (17.58)Thomas Kibble Hervey: Friends...
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