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Mark twain

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  • 1. •Born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouriin a slave owning family.•Family later moved to river town ofHannibal.•Apprenticed as river boat pilot.•Began using pseudonym Mark Twain(meaning two fathoms) when writingpolitical reports as journalist for a Virginiannewspaper.
  • 2. Twain’s celebrityimage—Associatedwith river boat andfrontier myth.Iconic image ofTwain as adventurer..
  • 3. ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINNFirst published in 1885.
  • 4. Commonly named among the GreatAmerican Novels, the work is among thefirst in major American literature to bewritten in the vernacular.Satirizing a Southern society, Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn is, among other things, anoften critical look at deep-rooted attitudes,particularly racism.
  • 5. Main themes racial prejudice and segregation rite of passage from childhood to adulthood.
  • 6. Very controversial and highlycensored because of the racialimplications dealt with in the book.Mark Twain based his characterHuckleberry Finn on his childhoodfriends.
  • 7. HUCK IN THE MOVIESIN 1920 In 1993
  • 8. I have no raceprejudices, and Ithink I have nocolor prejudices orcaste prejudicesnor creedprejudices. IndeedI know it. I canstand any society.All that I care toknow is that a manis a human being--that is enough forme; he cant beany worse.
  • 9. “Huckleberry Finn is the best book we’ve ever had.There was nothing better. There’s been nothing asgood since” Ernest Hemmingway
  • 10. Watch the 1993 movie trailer anda clip from the same film.

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