The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Although some critics find fault with what they consider to be Twain’s “heavy-handed” use of such figurative and sound devices, what effect does he create with his language?

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He creates irony, and he creates the essence of Huck, who's personality is unveiled throughout this period.

"When we was ready to shove off we was a quarter of a mile below the island, and it was pretty broad day; so I made Jim lay down in the canoe and cover up with a quilt, because if he set up people could tell he was a nigger a good ways off." -Pg. 58

Here, Huck incorrectly assumes that people can distinguish a black person from a white person from a significant distance. At this point, he still holds the belief that blacks are essentially different from whites."


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