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kcsmurf | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

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Give examples of literary techniques used in chapters 33 through 40 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Literary techniques include color imagery, alliteration, simile, figurative language, dialect, etc.

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

Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM (Answer #1)

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These chapters are loaded with literary devices. Huck's character is prone to comparison and as a result many similes populate his narrative. Twain's aim to explore dialect is also fully on display in these chapters.

The use of dialect is present throughout the novel. One particular instance of special or specific dialect comes at the opening of the thirty-third chapter when Tom and Huck discuss the fact that Huck is still alive.

"I hain't ever done you no harm. You know that. So, then, what you want to come back and ha'nt me for?

The use of "hain't" and "ha'nt" form a nice example of Twain's witty use of dialect. Here he composes a rather poetic line using two similar words taken from the vernacular associated with Tom and Huck.

In this line we also see an example of repetition bordering on alliteration. The line that follows builds upon this alliterative effect. 

"I hain't come back - I hain't been gone."

Later, Tom is said to enter the Phelps' yard, not like a sheep, but like a ram. This is an example of figurative language (simile) from a point a little further along in the thirty third chapter. Another simile appears when the family sits down to eat and Huck suggests that the food is quite good and does not taste like a "hunk of cold cannibal in the morning". 

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