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Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn In 1884 Mark Twain wrote one of the most controversial and remembered novels in the world of literature The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain was the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens He was born in Florida Missouri Nov 30 1835 Due to the limited wealth of his family Twain often had to find inexpensive forms of entertainment growing up He later wrote a book he called Huckleberry Finn which reflected his childhood memories of growing up poor Huck did the same typical boy things as Twain Growing up poor Twain saw life at a different angle and growing up around black people wasnt uncommon for him He was exposed to the way the black majority was treated and he also reflected this in his book When Twain was four years old his family moved to Hannibal Missouri a small town on the west bank of the Mississippi River The Mississippi River and the towns along it were used as the setting in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn In his novel he used the familiar dialect he was exposed to He stated at the beginning of the novel the Missouri Negro dialect the extremist form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect the ordinary Pike County dialect are used to wit In Huckleberry Finn as they traveled down the Mississippi River the values of Huck and Jim were contrasted against those of the people living in the southern United States Huck the narrator and one of the main characters and Jimanother main character were both trying to reach freedom Twain based this book on things that were happening during this time in his life Huck was introduced without a father in his life Twains father had died when he was about Hucks age in the book Twain portrayed religion and the morals of the southern society with satire The men took their guns to church and kept them between
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