How does the novel capture the essence of the setting? Consider language, characterization, and use evidence from the book.
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I can make a general comment. Twain really tried to establish the atmosphere of St. Petersburg, Missouri in the mid 1800's. There are lush forests, a wide river, an island: all perfect for a boy with imagination. The culture of the South during this time is illustrated by accents, slave culture, and the absurdity of small town white culture.