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What is Twain's tone at the end of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?"But I reckon I...

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Posted November 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM via web

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What is Twain's tone at the end of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

"But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before."

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 30, 2012 at 1:58 PM (Answer #1)

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The tone here, as in much of the book, is quite humorous while at the same time soundng a note of alarm on Huck's part at the prospect of having to live a wholly 'sivilised' life once more, as he did at the beginning of the story, when he had been adopted by the Widow Douglas, and from which he escaped. The humour arises from Huck's discomfort in this situation, but much of the novel has exposed the failings of civilisation - the pretence of holding genteel values and virtues while at the same time being restrictive, oppressive and hypocritical (most notably in condoning the evils of slavery).Therefore by the end of the novel the reader will surely sympathise with Huck's alarm.

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