ASSIGNMENT 3: CRITICAL WRITING
I have decided to analyze three different journal articles related to the novel ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, written by Mark Twain in 1884. I chose this topic because the novel is widely considered a masterpiece. In fact, Ernest Hemingway described its importance with the following sentence: “All modern American literature comes from a book by Mark Twain called ‘Huckleberry Finn’. In addition, the topic has a great interest because the novel has always been a subject of controversy due to racial issues and the alleged praise of juvenile delinquency that it portrays.
The three articles that and I am going to comment on are the following:
1) Huckleberry Finn and America (Chicago Tribune, January 17, 2002)
2) Huck Finn, Censorship and the N-word Controversy, by Delia Lloyd (www.politicsdaily.com, January 6, 2011)
3) Light out, Huck, They Still Want to ‘Sivilize’ You, by Michiko Kakutani (The New York Times, January 6, 2011).
In order to compare and analyse these three articles, I am going to focus on two main points: the overall opinion that the authors of the different articles have about the book (which is usually very good) and what they comment on the controversial matters that novel deals with.
First of all, I will concentrate on the overall opinion that the authors express regarding ‘Huckleberry Finn’. On article 1, the author (whose name is not revealed) defines the novel in the following terms: ‘Few books in the U.S history have been as influential—or as controversial—as “Huckleberry Finn”…’. Furthermore, he added: ‘ “Huckleberry Finn” not only has survived the efforts to bury it, it has thrived and it has grown as a teaching tool’. As we could see, the author praises the novel strongly. In addition, he rejects the most critical opinions and defends Twain’s intentions (…Twain was skewering hatred and racism, intolerance and religious bigotry, royalty and imperialism’)....
Bibliography: -Huckleberry Finn and America (Chicago Tribune, January 17, 2002). An article written in the scope of the PBS series directed by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, which appeared shortly after the article.
-Huck Finn, Censorship and the N-word Controversy, by Delia Lloyd (www.politicsdaily.com, January 6, 2011). It is an ambiguous article about the necessity of changing ‘Huckleberry Finn’’s most controversial parts.
-Light out, Huck, They Still Want to ‘Sivilize’ You, by Michiko Kakutani (The New York Times, January 6, 2011). A strong defence of the novel and fierce critic of those who intend to change it.
-Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (Toni Morrison, 1992).
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