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Analyze The Author Narrator Relationship In Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain And Discuss How This Affects The Subsequent Perception Of The Work By The Reader

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"There is only one right form for a story, and if you fail to find that form, the story will not tell itself."- Mark TwainLiterature is full of deception, irony and half-baked truths. Yet, this is exactly the reason why Literature is such an experience to read. Authors seek to tell their finely woven tales through their respective narrators; not just any other tale but THEIR tale. Injecting their own personal experiences, subjectivity and point of view into the story through differing forms of narration, the Author seeks to endow the Reader and the characters in the story with as little or as much knowledge as he sees fit. Depending on the extent of control the Author extends in forcing the interpretation of the text by the Reader, we may be able to draw our own conclusions pertaining to the text, or so it may seem. As the Zurich scholar Bodmer puts it, "Something can appear untrue to reason which appears true to the imagination. Conversely, reason can accept something as true which appears unbelievable to ones fantasy; and therefore it is certain, that the untrue sometimes seems more probable that the true." The question now stands; can we truly believe whatever has been laid to the feast before our very eyes?We must then question how Authors influence Narrators and vice versa. In all cases of literature, the style of narration of the text and the content of the text is closely linked to the historical, social and literary background of the Author. For example, the Author Mark Twain was described as a "mischievous boy, a prototype of his own character, Tom Sawyer... by nine he learned to smoke and headed a small band of pranksters, and most of all, he detested school." Twain had lost his father at the age of 12, and taught himself the literary techniques of writing tall tales, satirical pranks and jokes working in a printers shop and then as a sub-editor in a newspaper. He then became a river pilot, a confederate soldier and finally, an Author. Mark Twain had a benign affinity towards the prosecution of corruption and exploitation of the layman by governments, and started making his mark on the world through the book The Gilded Age . The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was the fourth book he wrote after The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876 and The Prince and the Pauper in 1882. It was written in a First Person Perspective through the eyes of his character Huckleberry Finn. Certainly his background influenced the content and his inclinations throughout all his literature. When Mark Twain was a young lad, he also had a slave by the name of Jim and uses the influence Jim had on him to include him as a character in his works. His uncle James Lampton was portrayed as Colonel Sellers in The Gilded Age and his mother was symbolized as Aunt Polly in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Twain refused to follow literary contentions although he knew them well and this leads to a perception that the narrator in some of his works gives a flawed narration of events...

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