FC: PORTFOLIO | Carter Woolly
1: Meet the author...... Mark Twain Born 1835 in Hannibal, Missouri. Wrote Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Wrote under pseudonym. Real name was Samuel L Clemons. Was avidly against slavery and post civil war treatment of blacks.
2: Hannibal Missouri: A Real Life Town | Considered by most to be a parallel to St.Petersburg, the town mentioned in the novel. Hannibal was the 3rd largest town in Missouri during the time that the novel was set. Today Hannibal draws many tourists looking to have a feel for the sounds, sights, and tastes of Huck Finn.
3: The Real Locations of Huck Finn
4: The Picaresque Novel | Huck Finn is considered a Picaresque Novel Characteristics of Picaresque Novel include: Prose Fiction Usually Satirical Depicts the adventures of a roguish hero. Uses Humor and Realism.
5: The Roguish Hero | Usually a young man/ older child. Generally uneducated and "untamed." Found in rural locations.
6: Issues During the Time Period | Slavery had just ended in the south. The use of the N-word in Huck Finn was considered offensive and insensitive. The crude and uneducated vernacular of the book was considered not appropriate to be read by school-age children.
7: The Language of Huck Finn | The N-word was frequently used in the novel as a reference to slaves. The vernacular used by Jim was considered demeaning to young students. The spelling of the words was accurate to the way that the people spoke during the time period in Missouri. For example "going to" was spelled "G'wayne"
8: Huckleberry "Huck" Finn | The Roguish main character in the novel. He is the son of the town drunk, but was taken in by Miss Watson to become "siv'lized." Huck's hobbies include fishing, smoking, robbery and murder (with his gang of boys). He was best friends with Tom Sawyer. Huck is the protagonist in the story.
9: Jim Watson | The runaway slave of Miss Watson. Jim is uneducated and he is portrayed as such in the novel both in the way that he talks and in the way that he acts. Jim joins Huck in his journey by raft down the Mississippi. Jim is the protagonist in the story.
10: Major Themes in Huck Finn | Racism and Slavery Intellectual vs Moral Education Hypocrisy of "civilized" society Mockery of religion Conflict between civilization and "natural life" Superstition Friendship Lies and deceit
11: Racism in Huck Finn | The black characters in Huck Finn are given a deep southern vernacular, which many people believe to portray an extremely uneducated person. The N-Word is used repeatedly in reference to blacks.
12: Other Texts From the Time Period: The Jungle & Ain't I a Woman
13: Ain't I a Woman | A Speech given by Sojourner Truth at the women's convention in Ohio in 1855. She revealed the hypocrisy in the argument that women were not equal to men.
14: Transformations During the Novel | Huck and Jim both become fast friends throughout the course of the novel. Huck gains a greater appreciation for the plight of slaves in America. Jim becomes more strong willed.