The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- When was this book published?
- When is the book set?
- Provide 5 facts about The Reconstruction.
- We have covered the characteristics of Realist literature. How does this novel fit those characteristics? Are there ways it doesn't fit?
- In what ways does this novel justify the status quo and/or turn everyday human suffering into spectacle?
- In what ways does this novel do the opposite: expose problems that society must address?
- People almost always read this as more than just a novel about a poor, ignorant boy. They read it as a "novel about America." Why and how does this happen? Is it fair to read it this way? Was such reading Twain's intention?
- If we follow this path and read it as a "novel about America," what does it have to say? List the issues and Twain's point of view on each one.