American Realism, Dialect and Huckleberry Finn

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  • How do you think the Civil War, the assassination of Lincoln and the expansion of the West, including the hardships associated with it, would effect literature?\n
  • How do you think the Civil War, the assassination of Lincoln and the expansion of the West, including the hardships associated with it, would effect literature?\n
  • How do you think the Civil War, the assassination of Lincoln and the expansion of the West, including the hardships associated with it, would effect literature?\n
  • How do you think the Civil War, the assassination of Lincoln and the expansion of the West, including the hardships associated with it, would effect literature?\n
  • How do you think the Civil War, the assassination of Lincoln and the expansion of the West, including the hardships associated with it, would effect literature?\n
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  • Mark Twain was not only not racist, he was an outspoken abolitionist. He said, "Lincoln's Proclamation ... not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also."\n\n- A student may say, "But black people use it. Why can't I?" This is an argument regarding the reclaiming of the word. There's a song by Lupe Fiasco called "Bitch Bad." He wrote the song to "start a conversation" about the way women use the word "bitch." In fact, Jay-Z, since the birth of his daughter, has promised to stop using the word "bitch" in his lyrics.\n- However, it's important to remember that just not using the "n-word" or bitch means nothing if the actions associated with those words don't change.\n
  • Mark Twain was not only not racist, he was an outspoken abolitionist. He said, "Lincoln's Proclamation ... not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also."\n\n- A student may say, "But black people use it. Why can't I?" This is an argument regarding the reclaiming of the word. There's a song by Lupe Fiasco called "Bitch Bad." He wrote the song to "start a conversation" about the way women use the word "bitch." In fact, Jay-Z, since the birth of his daughter, has promised to stop using the word "bitch" in his lyrics.\n- However, it's important to remember that just not using the "n-word" or bitch means nothing if the actions associated with those words don't change.\n
  • Mark Twain was not only not racist, he was an outspoken abolitionist. He said, "Lincoln's Proclamation ... not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also."\n\n- A student may say, "But black people use it. Why can't I?" This is an argument regarding the reclaiming of the word. There's a song by Lupe Fiasco called "Bitch Bad." He wrote the song to "start a conversation" about the way women use the word "bitch." In fact, Jay-Z, since the birth of his daughter, has promised to stop using the word "bitch" in his lyrics.\n- However, it's important to remember that just not using the "n-word" or bitch means nothing if the actions associated with those words don't change.\n
  • American Realism, Dialect and Huckleberry Finn

    1. 1. Realism in American Literature 1865-1915
    2. 2. Historical context of American Realism
    3. 3. Civil War(1861-1865)
    4. 4. Civil War Statistics:
    5. 5. Civil War Statistics: 615,000 Americans killed
    6. 6. Civil War Statistics: 615,000 Americans killed 410,000 wounded
    7. 7. Civil War Statistics: 615,000 Americans killed 410,000 wounded 10 percent of all Northern males died in the war
    8. 8. Civil War Statistics: 615,000 Americans killed 410,000 wounded 10 percent of all Northern males died in the war 30 percent of all Southern males died in the war
    9. 9. Every American likely knewsomeone who had fought ordied in the war.
    10. 10. They could no longerfully appreciate this:
    11. 11. Because theywitnessed this:
    12. 12. And they also sawthe assassination ofAbraham Lincoln
    13. 13. The Frontier - Thenation began to growand shift.
    14. 14. American frontiers
    15. 15. Urban centers began to pop up around the country
    16. 16. Immigrants from Europe moved to the East CoastUrban centers began to pop up around the country
    17. 17. Immigrants from Europe moved to the The Frontier East CoastUrban centers began to pop up around the country
    18. 18. Denver, Colorado Immigrants from Europe moved to the The Frontier East CoastUrban centers began to pop up around the country
    19. 19. Denver, Colorado Immigrants from Europe Salt Lake City, moved to the Utah The Frontier East CoastUrban centers began to pop up around the country
    20. 20. Virginia City, Nevada Denver, Colorado Immigrants from Europe Salt Lake City, moved to the Utah The Frontier East CoastUrban centers began to pop up around the country
    21. 21. The frontier dwellers generallyshowed five traits:
    22. 22. The frontier dwellers generallyshowed five traits:Mobile
    23. 23. The frontier dwellers generallyshowed five traits:MobilePractical
    24. 24. The frontier dwellers generallyshowed five traits:MobilePracticalDemocratic
    25. 25. The frontier dwellers generallyshowed five traits:MobilePracticalDemocraticOptimistic
    26. 26. The frontier dwellers generallyshowed five traits:MobilePracticalDemocraticOptimisticInventive
    27. 27. As a result of the Civil War, theassassination of Lincoln and theexpansion of the American West, theideals of the transcendentalists(Emerson and Thoreau) and theromantics (Poe, Hawthorne andMelville) were rejected for a morerugged, realistic version of reality.
    28. 28. RealismA literary movement that sought toportray ordinary life as real people live itand attempted to show characters andevents in an objective, almost factualway. This movement also includednaturalism and regionalism.
    29. 29. NaturalismPart of realism, but more intense.Showed life as the working out ofnatural forces beyond our control
    30. 30. “To Build a Fire”by Jack London(P. 490) A man and his dog attempt to survive a snowstorm in the Alaskan wilderness.
    31. 31. RegionalismThrough the use of dialect and vividlandscape descriptions, these storiesattempted to capture the essence oflife in a particular region. (KateChopin, who wrote of cajunLouisiana, is an example of this.)
    32. 32. Mark Twain(Author, orator, journalist)The most famous writerof this era (of Americanhistory?)The Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn
    33. 33. Huck FinnConsidered Twains most importantwork. Focused on the relationshipbetween an uneducated, white,adopted teenager and a runawayslave.
    34. 34. Social NormsHow do you think Huck, who isconsidered at the bottom of the whitesocial class, will treat Jim, the runawayslave?
    35. 35. Realism, Dialect and Huck Finn
    36. 36. Dialect - a way of speakingthat is localized geographicallyList at least three different ways to greetsomeone and where youd hear thatgreeting.
    37. 37. SettingHuck Finn takes place in the pre-Civil WarSouth. Twain hopes to capture the dialect ofthe back-woods Hannibal, Missouri, whereHuck and Jim, the slave, are from and that ofother slave cities along the Mississippi River.
    38. 38. The N-WordOne word commonly used in TheAdventures of Huckleberry Finn is "nigger."Its used by Huck, by old women, byregular townsfolk, by real racists.
    39. 39. A few notes
    40. 40. A few notesNeither The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnnor its author, Mark Twain, are racist.
    41. 41. A few notesNeither The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnnor its author, Mark Twain, are racist.You, the student, will not write or say then-word at any time unless you are readingout loud from the book.
    42. 42. A few notesNeither The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnnor its author, Mark Twain, are racist.You, the student, will not write or say then-word at any time unless you are readingout loud from the book.In society, you may not see using the n-word as something bad. It is. Dont use itoutside the classroom.

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