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Mark Twain is known to be one of the greatest American writers in history His fifteenth novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the most read discussed and taught novels in American culture Twains unusual ability to present thoughts and ideas in many different ways played a significant part in the success of this novel In the second paragraph of Chapter 19 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain uses a colloquial style to paint a portrait of the Mississippi river a recurring theme throughout the plot He uses many different techniques to achieve the picture he desires to portray to the audience such techniques include vocabulary grammar sentence structure and imagery By using these techniques Twain gives the audience a realistic picture of the river that also proves to be poetic The vocabulary that Twain uses illustrates a calm and comfortable image of the river The comfortable image is conveyed through the given fact that the characters would by-and-by lazy off to sleep Wake up by-and-by and spend their days lazying around fearless of being caught Twains repeated use of the words lonesomeness and lazy bring to mind another quiet and peaceful picture of the comforting river Another literary device that Twain uses to communicate the security of the river is voice The underdeveloped vocabulary and lack of grammatical education given to Hucks character give the passage a relaxed conversational voice We couldnt see no sign of them it made you feel crawly it was like spirits carrying on that way in the air Jim said he believed it was spirits but I says No spirits wouldnt say dern the dern fog In this quote one can see the simplistic and colloquial language in which both Huck and Jim speak Although their dialect may at times be difficult to understand their unadorned speech gives no unnecessary words to garble the audience In this short passage grammar and sentence structure go hand
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