English III IB SL
20 December 2013
Values and limitations of Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn is considered to be one of the greatest novels in literary history and its Author Mark Twain is considered to be one of the greatest American writers of all time. Twain achieved both of these rather impressive feats because of his familiarity and experience with the themes of the ethicality of philosophical issues such as the, discrimination on race and age, morality of slavery, and the vulnerability of society to those who do not play by the rules. Twain manages to share all these points rather effectively in the framework of a narrative, however because he chose to express these points in the frame of an allegory Twain does encounter some inherent limitations such as his desire to express philosophical points detracts focus from the plot of the narrative, and being subject to a narrative frame work takes away some of the flexibility of expression of his philosophical points
When reading Huckleberry Finn one finds that Mark Twain obviously has a deep knowledge of the status of African Americans in the early 19th century, and the intricacies of human nature. This stems from him growing up in the antebellum south twain had a first hand experience with slavery and the unfair treatment that slaves, especially runaways, received. HE also had experience with mob activity that was common in the south in the time period he lived there such as public lynchings and other forms of extra judicial punishment. Twain also shows a profound understanding of human nature which he expresses through the various monologues throughout the story
Twain reveals some of the limitations of expressing philosophical ideas in the form of a narrative through the redundancy in some of the plot points such as the occurrences with the duke and dauphin, and the simplicity of the overall plot, there is also a lack of flow caused by the philosophical interjections...
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