The most readers regard “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, written as the sequel of Tom Sawyer, as a good tale for children. However, this book contains lots of elements, which could avoid most people’s attention. By reading this, we can get an accurate picture about the life of people and way of their thinking before the Civil War.
Mark Twain was a great author and also humorist in the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. This man hasn’t stopped his voice in 1910, when he died. He allowed publishing his autobiography only hundred years after his death, so - in a unique way -, he has more to say in the 21st century as well. As he explained at the beginning of the book: “I speak from the grave rather than with my living tongue, for a good reason: I can speak thence freely.” (Twain, 5) This work is very important in the view of literature. Now we are able to know some answers and background information about one of his best works, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, which was often regarded as the “Great American Novel”. Probably the most important information in the autobiography is that almost all of the characters were inspired by people who Twain met in his life. This is the biggest evidence that this book isn’t just a simple work, but also an illustration of literature and culture that time.
Despite the fact that the plot of the novel takes place before the Civil War, when this story was born, the war has just ended with the victory of the North’s economic policy. The writers and poets wanted to continue the English literary traditions and there were only a few contemporary authors, who presented the “real” America. One – and in my opinion the leader – of this literary movement was Mark Twain, that’s why he has been often called the “Father of American literature”.
The author’s childhood and his later work as a steamboat pilot in Missouri were great inspirations and also the setting for this legendary novel. This novel is about travelling, but Huck never has emotional contact with the places and people where they are, not like with the River Mississippi, which is almost the third protagonist; the real adventures are during their trip on the river. The river is the symbol of freedom, because both Huck and Jim are escaping – Huck from the society, Jim from the law –, but what really connects them: both of them want to be free.
Twain observed society throughout his life. He was one of the first writers, who stopped the traditions and wrote his novels - including Huckleberry Finn - in a common, vernacular language, which was often very vulgar and demotic. The author explains at the explanatory that his intention with this language was to bring the written and the spoken language by near to each other as well as to the common people, but I think he also wanted to enhance the comic effects. “IN this book a number of dialects are used, to wit: the Missouri Negro dialect; the extremest form of the backwoods Southwestern...