Huck Finn Rhetorical Analysis

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Kevin Kenes AP Lang and Comp 1-13-10 Huck Finn Analysis In the years after the civil war, the young country of America was going through an identity crisis. The north had won the war, and the big question facing the nation was should slavery remain legal? The nation was split on this issue, but a decision would soon be made. Slavery was later outlawed, however, attitude and treatment of blacks was still inhumane. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, inadvertently took a stance against the treatment of blacks and against the overall character of the nation. In the book, Twain argues with support from varied syntax, mocking tone, and colloquial diction, that greed and racism will prevent progress-both economically and socially-in securing the independence of all Americans. Twain’s variety of syntax contains the hidden perspectives of society. The Formal syntax that is displayed by Huck when he is speaking to figures of authority have a deeper purpose than just respect. Huck elevates his sentence structure when talking with the Widow in order to appease her. Huck conforms to the expectations of society that children should have never ending respect for their elders. When Huck is under the care of the Widow, she attempts to educate him, and succeeds. However, it does not change Huck's conversational sophistication when talking with figures not of authority. Huck talks formally and proper when he is around the Widow to show his willingness to be educated, and so the Widow would not be constantly pestering him about proper English. Although the Widow may think that Huck always uses proper English, this is not the case. When Huck is on the raft with Jim, they take up the normal, uneducated way of talking to each other. This natural syntax is used by Huck and Jim because its easier to talk for both of them, and the points that are made are

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