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Final Draft - Mark Twains Invents Modern Literature Earnest Hemmingway once said All American Literature comes from one book by Mark Twain call Huckleberry Finn Hemingway recognized the stylistics devices used in Huckleberry Finn were prevalent in his own and other modern American authors work Twain adds a tone in modern literature by introducing the following devices controversial themes the unreliable narrator and vernacular Twain took things that he saw which were happening around him and put it in his book We see this in the controversial themes that Twain uses starting out with his drunken father His father is constantly getting drunk and beating his son for no good reason In chapter 5 its reads He kept me with him all the time and I never got a chance to run off We lived in that old cabin and he always locked the door and put the key under his head nights He had a gun which he had stole I reckon and we fished and hunter and that was what we lived on Every little while he locked me in and went down to the store three miles to the ferry and traded fish and game for whisky and fetched it home and got drunk and had a good time and licked me Furthermore his father is also depicted as a abusive father when it says You think youre betta than youre father now dont you because he cant Ill take it out off you Twain was using things such as Alcoholics and Abusive parenting to create a comedic atmosphere in the story Another way that Twain introduces controversial themes is by using racism He shows it when Jim tell Huck that since he is black and could be sold even if Miss Watson promises Jim something she would break her promise at anytime just for money It is shown in this statement by Jim Well you see it uz dis way Ole
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