Mark Twain makes extensive use of imagery, often through employing figurative language, throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. During much of the novel Huck is traveling along the Mississippi River. His descriptions of the river, rural landscapes, and towns include vivid images. His presentation of the other characters makes them come alive through his imaginative use of language.
In Chapter 17, the Grangerfords take Huck in—although he is using the name George Jackson—and he is impressed by the elegance of their home. Color imagery is important to his extensive description of the house. He mentions the clean red bricks of the fireplace, which may be painted “Spanish brown.” In the kitchen, he creates an impression of bountiful food by listing all the fruits in a basket. It turns out, however, they are fake. Connecting words using “and” rather than commas is the literary device called “polysyndeton.”
[A] lovely crockery basket…had apples and oranges and peaches and...
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