The book is an absurdly humorous look at the misadventures of a Texas teen named Vernon Little whose best friend in the world has just killed sixteen of their classmates and himself. In the wake of the tragedy, the townspeople seek both answers and vengeance; because Vernon was the killer's closest friend, he becomes the focus of their fury. The book tackles many aspects of modern American society, including mindless consumer culture, the death penalty for minors, news reporters casting tragedy as entertainment, and average citizens who crave fame. The book is narrated by Vernon, described by Sam Sifton of the New York Times Book Review as "a deceptively simple boy who narrates this tale in the manner of a character created by Mark Twain and remixed by Dr.
But underneath, the book—which was published in the U.
It remains one of the most loved, and most banned, books in American history. He wears cast-off adult clothes and sleeps in doorways and empty barrels. Inwhen the Minneapolis Tribune asked who Huck was based on, Twain admitted it was no single person: University of Virginia Huckleberry Finn was written in two short bursts.
He stopped working on it for several years to write The Prince and the Pauper and Life on the Mississippi.
It must have inspired him, because he dove into finishing Huckleberry Finn. In Augusthe wrote: Not only was Missouri a slave state, his uncle owned 20 slaves. Those were the saddest faces I have ever seen.
But most memorable may be Emmeline Grangerfordthe year-old poet. Emmeline is a parody of Julia A.
So does Emmeline, according to Huck: She called them tributes. University of Virginia Twain, who ran his own printing press, hired year-old E. Kemble to illustrate the first edition of Huckleberry Finn.
Right as the book went to press, someone—it was never discovered who—added a penis to the illustration of Uncle Silas. The engraving shows Uncle Silas talking to Huck and Aunt Sally while a crude penis bulges from his pants.
They were recalled and publication was postponed for a reprint. There has been nothing as good since. It was language that was clear, crisp, and vivid, and it changed how Americans wrote. University of Virginia A major criticism of Huckleberry Finn is that the book begins to fail when Tom Sawyer enters the novel.
Up until that point, Huck and Jim have developed a friendship bound by their mutual plight as runaways. We believe Huck cares about Jim and has learned to see his humanity. But when Tom Sawyer comes into the novel, Huck changes.
Essentially, Huck and Jim have been running away from nothing. Many, including American novelist Jane Smileybelieve that by slapping on a happy ending, Twain was ignoring the complex questions his book raises.
The objections are usually over n-word, which occurs over times in the book. Others say that the portrayal of African Americans is stereotypical, racially insensitive, or racist. I am greatly troubled by what you say.
I wrote Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn for adults exclusively, and it always distresses me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean; I know this by my own experience, and to this day I cherish an unappeasable bitterness against the unfaithful guardians of my young life, who not only permitted but compelled me to read an unexpurgated Bible through before I was 15 years old.
None can do that and ever draw a clean sweet breath again this side of the grave. Ask that young lady—she will tell you so.
Most honestly do I wish I could say a softening word or two in defence of Huck's character, since you wish it, but really in my opinion it is no better than those of Solomon, David, Satan, and the rest of the sacred brotherhood.
If there is an unexpurgated Bible in the Children's Department, won't you please help that young woman remove Huck and Tom from that questionable companionship?This Study Guide consists of approximately 90 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Vernon God Little.
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