FC: Huck Finn Mixbook by Tellor Thorne 11/25/12
1: Huckleberry Finn was written by Mark Twain between 1860 and 1884 (published in America), a time much different from today.
2: Many People are still down on their luck from the Civil War years earlier and alcohol consumption is up; which may be one of the reasons that Mark Twain focused on drinking and drunks in the book. People though drinking was a moral failure. People are focused on "doing the right thing."
3: After the Civil War, slaves were freed, but racism still persists in the United States, so Twain incorporates this into the storyline too.
4: Jim - a black man who used to be a slave but was set free in an old lady's will becomes Huck's friend. He is somewhat of a role model to Huck because Huck's dad is an alcoholic. Jim may be uneducated, but he is polite and has the good manners of people in the late 1800's. He and Huck have some adventures together and Huck ultimately tries to set him free when he is sold again. Huck has been taught that slavery is okay, but Huck does the right thing by Jim in helping him get free.
5: Pap - Huck's father who is an alcoholic and abusive to Huck. He is the worst kins of person in this time period and his actions go against everything valued in this era. He doesn't want Huck to attend school and he even steals money from Huck. Pap is rude, not polite; alcoholic, not religious; racist and loud about it. Despite how he treats Huck, Huck forgives him. Huck likes being the "wild child" with no restraints. His father allows Huck to be adventurous because his father largely ignores him.
6: Due to the fact that people thought drinking was a moral failure, much of this book's theme can be summed up in social graces, manners and pride of principle. This book is one of comparisons between the good and the bad.
7: This book, Huck Finn, shows how polite society was expected to act and how Huck goes against all that is expected of him as a young man.
8: Society has been reflected in literature throughout history. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, racism and understanding people who were different from you was a major theme in the 1960's before segregation; much as it was in the late 1800's just after the freeing of the slaves.
9: In another book called Animal Farm by George Orwell, socialism and Stalinism were political topics of the 1940's and this was reflected in his storyline and the theme of this book. From Greek mythology through the medieval times up through present day, society and its topics are covered by all types of authors, including, Mark Twain.