How do the remaining chapters of Huck Finn (after chapter 16) illustrate this pattern of contradiction and how was it ultimitely resolved?First, i really don't need like a whole bunch of...

How do the remaining chapters of Huck Finn (after chapter 16) illustrate this pattern of contradiction and how was it ultimitely resolved?

First, i really don't need like a whole bunch of information. I just need a general answer. Maybe a couple of examples of how it is shown. Also I am asking this question because after writing Chapter 16, Mark Twain put the book aside for 3 years, probably because society kept winning, as Leo Marx would say "the machine kept winning over the garden". So im wondering how was the 2 views resolved. Or did they resolve at all.

Most importantly, you probably want to know what pattern of contradiction am i talking about. OK, well Twain view of nature was sort of caught between to modes of perception, one is aesthetically and emotionally satisfying, yet illusive and the other is a view of nature which is analytically and practically effective. They seem to contradict eachother which is why i am asking for clarification.

So i just want to know. I mean, i personally don't believe that it was resolved in the first place, but maybe there are places in which it was resolved. So I'm sort of asking a little bit about the side of resolve-ment, was there any, or did it stay unresolved? And if it was resolved then how?

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Twain put the book away after Chapter 15. He had just written a scene in which a white character, Huck, and just apologized to a Black character. Huck has just commented, " It took me 15 minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger;but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterward. That apology was something revolutionary in American literature at the time. He leaves the book for two years and when he picks it up again, it is a much darker book. In the next section, Huck and Jim are separated and Huck goes to lives with the Grangerfords. This is episode has a very sad ending with the death of Buck which causes Huck to lose much of his innocence. The episode is also a dark commentary on the civil war and the young men who died needlessly as a result of the battle between the north and south. As far as the ideal of nature is concerned, Twain continues to
romanticize it. The river, especially, continues as a place of both peace and contentment for Jim and Huck. So, ironically, even though Twain considered himself a realist, his book does contain some Romantic elements.However, that should not really be a problem because many authors cannot be pigeon-holed into one literary school or another.

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