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Why does Mark Twain use a 13/14 year-old boy as the narrator of the novel?

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lkehoe | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM via web

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Why does Mark Twain use a 13/14 year-old boy as the narrator of the novel?

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kipling2448 | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM (Answer #1)

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Authors of works of fiction frequently use a character in their story as the narrator.  Narration helps the reader to fill in gaps in the story that might otherwise leave the reader with many questions regarding motives and thoughts about situations and other characters.  Especially in a story wherein the main characters, Huck and Jim, are in a remote or isolated setting, for example, a raft going down a river, first-person narration is a natural method of describing the action and the character's observations.  First-person narration also has the benefit of allowing the author to employ dialects, slang, accents, et cetera, in a more personal manner than when used in third-person descriptions.

Twain did not have to use first-person narration in his story.  That he chose to do so was consistent with his writing style and the way he liked to tell stories.

 

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