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Essay On The How Twain Used The Following Devices Controversial Themes, The Unreliable Narrator And Vernacular.

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Final Draft - Mark Twains Invents Modern LiteratureEarnest Hemmingway once said. "All American Literature comes from one book by Mark Twain call Huckleberry Finn". Hemingway recognized the stylistics devices used in Huckleberry Finn were prevalent in his own and other modern American authors work. Twain adds a tone in modern literature by introducing the following devices controversial themes, the unreliable narrator and vernacular.Twain took things that he saw which were happening around him and put it in his book. We see this in the controversial themes that Twain uses starting out with his drunken father. His father is constantly getting drunk and beating his son for no good reason. In chapter 5 its reads, "He kept me with him all the time and I never got a chance to run off. We lived in that old cabin, and he always locked the door and put the key under his head nights. He had a gun which he had stole, I reckon, and we fished and hunter, and that was what we lived on Every little while he locked me in and went down to the store, three miles, to the ferry, and traded fish and game for whisky, and fetched it home, and got drunk and had a good time and licked me." Furthermore, his father is also depicted as a abusive father when it says, "You think you're betta than you're father, now, don't, you, because he can't? I'll take it out off you." Twain was using things such as Alcoholics and Abusive parenting to create a comedic atmosphere in the story. Another way that Twain introduces controversial themes is by using racism. He shows it when Jim tell Huck that since he is black and could be sold even if Miss Watson promises Jim something, she would break her promise at anytime, just for money. It is shown in this statement by Jim, "Well, you see, it 'uz dis way. Ole missus-dat's Miss Watson--she pecks on me all de time, and treats me pooty rough, but she awluz said she wouldn' sell me down to Orleans. But I noticed dey wuz a nigger trader roun' de place considable lately, en I begin to get oneasy. Well, one night I creepts to de do' pooty late, en de do' warn't quite shet, en I hear old missus tell de widder she gwyne to sell me down to Orleans, but she didn't want to, but she could git eight hund'd dollars for me, en it 'uz sich a big sac o'oney she couln' resis'." (pg 50) Also it shows how Jim is automatically accused the murderer of Huckleberry Finn. In shows this in this quote, "Most everybody thought it at first. He'll never know how nigh he come to getting lynched. But before night they changed around and judged it was done by a runaway nigger named Jim......The nigger run off the very night Huck Finn was killed. So there's a reward out for him--three dollars. And there's a reward out for old Finn, too--two hundred dollars." Twain not only used controversial themes in his work to make his work fun to read but used other devices such as the unreliable narrator to capture the reader's attention.This narrative of the story is told by a...

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