Huck Finn Response Essay

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an example of regionalist literature because it emphasizes a specific geographic setting and makes use of the manners and speech of the people who live in that region, the character is influenced by the region, and the individual reflects struggle with his/her conscience to make the right choices. The setting of Huck Finn takes place along a stretch of the Mississippi River, including his hometown Hannibal, Missouri. Since the story is written in first person, it’s clear to see that Huck is from the south. His way of speaking and his diction are very simple, so it’s easy to understand. For example, “I felt good and all washed clean of sin for the first time I had ever felt so in my life, and I knowed I could pray now” (Huck Finn-Excerpt 9). You can tell Huck is a young boy from the way he speaks. The speaking is simple and at times humorous. Huck is very influenced by the setting. It helped him determine what to do in tough situations. For example, when Huck goes to the Phelp’s farm to help Jim escape, he uses the advantage of being mistaken for their relative Tom. When Huck and Tom reach the cabin where Jim is imprisoned, they take the advantage of, not only freeing Jim, but smuggling food and other things. Huck also reflects his struggles with his own conscience to make the right choices. For example, when Huck feels guilty about helping Jim escape, he decides to write a letter to Miss Watson, Jim’s owner. After he finishes writing the letter he struggles with his decision to send the letter. He starts fighting with himself. He says he’ll go to hell for helping Jim, but then recognizes Jim as his friend. He says, “But somehow I couldn’t seem to strike no places to harden me against him, but only the other kind” (Huck Finn-Excerpt 9). He then realizes that Jim has become his good friend and has no reason to turn his

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