Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Essay

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In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, southern stereotypes are clearly portrayed through colloquial diction. Some ways the author demonstrates this is through main character Huck Finns’ slang, Jim’s Missouri dialect, and through the supporting characters white prejudice. Throughout the book, Mark Twain uses subtle hints such as the ones listed to explain his theory of dialect. With these specific tools, Twain shows that the way a certain person speaks through dialect regardless of age, ethnicity, or background, may alter how another individual judges their character. The first example of Mark Twains’ message is how the main character Huckleberry Finn Speaks. Just as the book begins, Huckleberry is presented with an incorrect dialect. “You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain’t no matter”: (3). His opening line is a clear message from the author that he uses colloquial dialect, and that he is comfortable with the way he speaks. “How you talk, Huck Finn” (18). Throughout the book various characters comment on Hucks’ diction, stating how he speaks incorrectly, being a white boy. Yet, though adults in Hucks life view his dialect as improper and belittles his character because of it, Huck teaches the reader valuable lessons of equality and extreme maturity, even if his grammar is not perfect. Another way Mark Twain demonstrates southern stereotypes in through runaway-slave Jims’ Missouri dialect. “ I knowed he was white inside (40). Huck states that though Jim is African American, he has intellectual thoughts and a lack of education does not change the way Jim thinks and cares. “Jim was most ruined, for a servant because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.” (9).Most people judged Jim, not only because of the color of his
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