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Educ w 200 huckleberry finn

  1. 1. Mark Twain’sThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn<br />About the author, the novel, and the time period<br />
  2. 2. Samuel Langhorne Clemens<br />Born in Florida, MO November of1835<br />Grew up in Hannibal, MO (a port town by the Mississippi River) <br />Inspired St. Petersburg in Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer<br />Missouri was a slave state at the time<br />About the Author<br />
  3. 3. Father, John Marshall Clemens (merchant, attorney, and judge)<br />Mother, Jane Lampton Clemens<br />Sixth of sevenchildren<br />Atage of 12, worked as a <br />typesetter of articles and <br /> sketches in the Hannibal Journal<br />Worked as a printer in NYC<br /> and othercitiesat 18<br />About the Author<br />
  4. 4. Became a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi<br />Began travelling after the Civil Warbroke out in 1861<br />Noted as one of the greatest American LiteratureAuthors. <br />About the Author<br />
  5. 5. Published on February 18, 1885 (20 yearsafter the civil warhadended)<br />Main themesinvolveracism and slavery<br />Considered by many to be one of the « Great American Novels »<br />About the book<br />
  6. 6. YouTube - Should the N-Word Be Taken Out Of Huckleberry Finn?<br />YouTube - 'N Word' Removed From Huckleberry Finn<br />Some school systems don’t allow the book to be taught because of the N word.<br />These videos discuss changes that are being changed.<br />What do you think? Does it take away from the historical significance or the themes of the novel?<br />Controversy<br />
  7. 7. YoutubeVideo<br />Huckhelps Jim (an escaped slave)<br />Huckconsidersturning Jim in<br />Ultimately good characters are slave owners<br />Twain wasalivebefore, during, and after the civil war<br />He grew up in a slave state<br />Hisnovelis anti-slavery and racism but alsohighlights the confusion people werefacedwithsuring the time period<br />The Theme of slavery<br />
  8. 8. It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way. (15.49)<br />Huck is racist at the beginning<br />His general opinion on humanity overshadows his racist views<br />Example 1<br />
  9. 9. It most froze me to hear such talk. He wouldn't ever dared to talk such talk in his life before. Just see what a difference it made in him the minute he judged he was about free. It was according to the old saying, "Give a nigger an inch and he'll take an ell." Thinks I, this is what comes of my not thinking. Here was this nigger, which I had as good as helped to run away, coming right out flat-footed and saying he would steal his children – children that belonged to a man I didn't even know; a man that hadn't ever done me no harm. (16.8)<br />Huck doesn’t realize that Jim has a real family<br />He views Jim as property because that is what he’s grown up with<br />Example 2<br />
  10. 10. Each person had their own nigger to wait on them – Buck too. My nigger had a monstrous easy time, because I warn't used to having anybody do anything for me, but Buck's was on the jump most of the time. (18.6)<br />This isafterHuckhides Jim and thenmeets the Grangerfords (a wealthyfamilythatownsseveral slaves)<br />Huckdidn’tgrow up owning a slave becausehisdadwas a poordrunk, but Buck ( a boy the sameage as Huck) has no problemdemandinganotherbeing to do things for him<br />Example 3<br />
  11. 11. "Well, I RECKON! There's two hunderd dollars reward on him. It's like picking up money out'n the road." (31.13)<br />This is said by the “king” (really a con artist) who is completely fine with turning Jim in so that he can get money.<br />Jim isdescribed as a monetary value<br />Example 4<br />
  12. 12. Copy down the following questions and take note of any passages in the novelthatmaycontribute in answeringthem. Be sure to write the page number.<br />Discussion Questions<br />
  13. 13. 1. How do youthinkHuck’sviews on slavery change from the beginning of the novel to the end. Remember to findspecificexamples.<br />Question 1<br />
  14. 14. Why are these changes significant to the themes of racism and slavery?<br />Question 2<br />
  15. 15. How mightthese changes reflect the author’spersonalexperiences? <br />Question 3<br />

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