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					Mark Twain and The Adventures
     of Huckleberry Finn



     Mountain Pointe High School
       Honors Junior English
                  Early Life
• Name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens
• Born in a small, rural town in Missouri on
     Nov. 30, 1835
• Moved to Hannibal, Mo. at the age of six
• Loved to watch the activities on the
  Mississippi River
              Life in Hannibal
• As a child, he aspired to become a river boat
  pilot
• After brief careers as a type-setter and a
  printer. He came back to settle in Hannibal.
• At the age of 22,
  he became a
  steamboat pilot
  for $250 a month
  (approximately
  $155,000 a year,
   today)
                Inspiration
• Hannibal later became the settings for his
  most famous books, Tom Sawyer and The
  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
                   Travels
• The Civil War broke out in 1861, curtailing all
  commerce on the river.
• Twain lived in Nevada and California mining
  camps
• Worked as a miner, editor of a newspaper, and
  journalist.
                 Travels
• Wrote “The Notorious/Celebrated Frog of
  Calaveras County” and Roughing It
• Toured Europe, wrote
  The Innocents Abroad
                 Family Life
• Married Olivia Langston in 1870 (35 yrs old)
  – Claimed it was “love at first sight”
  – From a wealthy, but liberal family
  – Gave him access to many influential people
                 Family Life
• Three daughters: Susy, Clara, and Jean
  – all died before the age of twenty
  – Deaths of first two daughters caused depression
                     Death
Twain was quoted as saying:
“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is
   coming again next year, and I expect to go out
   with it. It will be the greatest disappointment
   of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet.
   The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here
   are these two unaccountable freaks; they
   came in together, they must go out together’.”
        Portentous Prediction
• His prediction was accurate—Twain died of a
  heart attack on April 21, 1910 in Redding,
  Connecticut one day after the comet's closest
  approach to Earth.
                      Causes
• Championed labor unions
  – Anti-capitalism
• Women’s rights
• Children’s rights (anti-abuse)
• Human rights (anti-slavery)
  – Chinese slaves/African slaves
  – Anti-imperialism
                Huck Finn
• Considered the first “Great American Novel”
• Solidified Twain as a noteworthy American
  author
• Sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
• Both based on childhood friends and events
  while Twain was a
  child in Hannibal.
                Book Facts
• First published in December 1884.
• Work is among the first in major American
  literature to be written in the vernacular,
  characterized by local color regionalism.
                 Book Facts
• Noted for its colorful description of people
  and places along the Mississippi River.
                Book Facts
• Satirizing a Southern antebellum society that
  was already out of date by the time the work
  was published, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  is an often scathing look at entrenched
  attitudes, particularly racism.
               Book Facts
• The drifting journey of Huck and his friend
  Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi
  River on their raft may be one of the most
  enduring images of escape and freedom in all
  of American literature.
                  Book Facts
• The work has been popular with readers since
  its publication and is taken as a sequel to The
  Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
• It has also been the continued object of study
  by serious literary critics. It was criticized upon
  release because of its coarse language and
  became even more controversial in the 20th
  century because of its perceived use of racial
  stereotypes and because of its frequent use of
  the racial slur "nigger."
            Themes to Discuss
•   Good vs. Evil
•   Freedom vs. Civilization
•   Racial Prejudice and Slavery
•   Hypocrisy
•   Morality and Intellectuality
•   Realism
             Character Analysis
•   Huckleberry Finn
•   Jim
•   Tom Sawyer
•   Pap vs. Jim (father figure)
                              Works Cited
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 19 Nov 2009, 18:35 UTC. 19
   Nov 2009
   <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Adventures_of_Huckleberry_Finn&oldid=32677
   3287>.
“Mark Twain." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 16 Nov 2009, 23:19 UTC. 19 Nov 2009
   <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mark_Twain&oldid=326246344>.

				
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