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An Overview of the Importance for Narration by Huck Finn in the Novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Huck Finn as the NarratorMark Twain chose Huck Finn to be the narrator to make the story more realistic and so that Mark Twain could get the reader to examine their own attitudes and beliefs by comparing themselves to Huck a simple uneducated character Twain was limited in expressing his thoughts by the fact that Huck Finn is a living breathing person who is telling the story Since the book is written in first person Twain had to put himself in the place of a thirteen-year-old son of the town drunkard He had to see life as Huck did and had to create a character that could see life as Mark Twain saw it Huck is more than Twains mouthpiece because he is a living character and is capable of shaping the story The language that Huck uses shows what he sees and how he will pass it on to us Something else that is apparent is that the humor of the book often depends on Hucks language In chapter fourteen Huck is telling Jim about royalty in general which is an example of humor through language and incomplete education although sometimes he is not that far from the truthThey royalty dont do nothing Why how you talk They just set around No is dat so Of course it is They just set aroundexcept maybe when theres a war then they go to war But other times they just lazy around or go hawkingjust hawkingwhen things is dull they fuss with the parlyment and if everybody dont go just so he whacks their heads off But mostly they hang round the harem However by using Hucks language Twain creates character and establishes realism Huck is capable of making Twain write something merely because it is not the kind of thing Huck would say or do and he can force Twain to leave something out because Huck would not do or say that kind of
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