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What Shakespearean play are the Duke and the Daughin going to act out in The Advenures...

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noonoo27 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2012 at 4:39 AM via web

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What Shakespearean play are the Duke and the Daughin going to act out in The Advenures of Huckleberry Finn?

 

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM (Answer #1)

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The Duke and the Dauphin rehearse Romeo and Juliet, however, they also prepare monologues from other plays. 

The Dauphin (the King) is going to play Juliet and the Duke will play Romeo. The rehearsals, though they are impressive to Huck and Jim, are recognizable to the reader as highly imperfect versions of the Shakespearean texts. The Duke claims to have memorized the texts correctly, but presents considerable inaccuracies. 

These misreadings and poor versions of the plays serve a comic role in the novel, presenting yet another layer of deception (and self-deception) in the characters of the Duke and the Dauphin. 

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