The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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What are some examples of allusions in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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There is no question that Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is replete with allusions. Below, I have listed others that have not previously been mentioned.

Biblical Allusions:

  • In Chapter VI, Huck describes his disreputable father as "raising Cain" around town every time that he had some money because he always got drunk. This colloquial expression alludes to Cain of The Book of Genesis.
  • In Chapter VI, Huck further describes how his drunken father would chase him around with a clasp-knife, "calling me the Angel of Death and saying he would kill me and then I couldn't come for him no more." In the Bible, there is no direct naming of "the Angel of Death," but there are several allusions to angels bringing death. For instance, in 1 Chronicles 21: 15-16, there is reference to an angel bringing death: "And God sent the angel to Jerusalem to destroy it." 
  • In Chapter XIV, Huck reads to Jim about kings and dukes and earls, but Jim tells him that the only king he has heard about is "King...

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