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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Mark Twain’s sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), has been #classified *labelled #praised #regarded by critics the great American novel, from which ‘all modern American literature comes’ (Hemingway). Whereas Tom Sawyer is the ‘good bad’ boy who eventually fully #accepts *acquiesces #assents #complies to societal dictates despite his mischievous ways, Huckleberry Finn is the ‘bad bad’ boy who is never accepted by the Missouri #civilization #culture #population *society from which he escapes. Huck aligns himself with the runaway slave Jim and #acknowledges *defies #overrides #undermines those who would say that a slave is not a man. | Historically, Huckleberry Finn has been both praised and denigrated for its #genuine #meaningful *realistic #truthful depiction of life during the pre-Civil War period. Twain includes the educated ‘white’ dialect, the dialect of the uneducated title #actor *character #figure #role , who is also the narrator, and the slave dialect of Jim. Huckleberry Finn *addresses #concerns #confronts #focuses many societal and personal issues. Twain looks satirically at the southern slave society of his youth, #identifying #making #picking *pointing out its foibles and inconsistencies. | While Mark Twain sarcastically #abandons #disallows *disclaims #embraces in his own introduction to Huckleberry Finn any ‘motive . . . moral . . . or plot’ to his classic tale of American adolescence, and thereby ironically associates himself in name only with those literary scholars who would seek to #boycott *exclude #ignore #reject Huck from the ranks of children’s literature, the book is a children’s tale of the highest order.
Source: Richey, C. L. (2001) ‘Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (1876)’, in Watson, V. (ed.) The Cambridge guide to children’s books in English. Available at: https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/childbooks/adventures_of_tom_sawyer_the_1876/0 (Accessed: 3 May 2022).