The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Essay Prompts (DOC download) by cnylander


									                       The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

In a well crafted essay, respond to one of the following prompts:

#1 “Huck Finn: A Rebel against Civilization” Using specific examples from the
novel, discuss the reasons for Huck’s rebellion.

#2 The theme of the novel could be freedom, friendship, conscience, morality,
slavery, etc. Choose one theme and support your choice with appropriate
examples from the novel.

#3 “Bildungsroman” is German for a “novel of development” in which the
protagonist moves from childishness towards emotional and spiritual maturity.
Discuss how Huckleberry Finn fits the definition of a bildungsroman.

#4 “All modern American literature comes from on e book by Mark Twain called
Huckleberry Finn. If you read it you must stop where the Nigger Jim is stolen from
the boys. That is the real end. The rest is just cheating. But it’s the best book
we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before.
There has been nothing good since.” From the story “Green Hills of Africa” by
Ernest Hemingway.
Write an essay defending or challenging Hemingway’s assertion that, “If you read
it (Huck Finn) you must stop where Jim is stolen from the boys. That is the real

#5 As we know, the Mississippi River is responsible for driving the plot in Huck
Finn. After all, Huck wouldn’t have much of an adventure if the mighty Mississippi
weren’t involved. Yet, the Mississippi also seems to serve as much more than a
simple means of transportation. Write an essay discussing the river’s symbolic
function in the novel.

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