Are there any literary elements in chapters 30-32 in the novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"???i read the chapters but so far cant find any.

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One literary device that is present right from the start of chapter 30 (as well as much of the book) is Twain's use of dialect. Dialect is when the author uses language in the way that the people of the time and place would have spoken. In order to properly use dialect, the author will manipulate the spelling, sounds, grammar, and pronunciation used by a particular group in order to help characterize that person/group. For example:

“Tryin’ to give us the slip, was ye, you pup!"

A bit later in the chapter, the duke is saying a whole bunch of threats and insults in order to be as intimidating as possible. In one sentence, he uses a simile as part of his insult, and then in the very next sentence, he uses a metaphor.

“If you ever deny it again I’ll drown you. It’s well for you to set there and blubber like a baby—it’s fitten for you, after the way you’ve acted. I never see such an old ostrich for wanting to gobble everything—and I a-trusting you all the time, like you was my own father."

The opening paragraph of chapter 31 also has a really great simile about the branches of some trees. This also functions as visual imagery.

We begun to come to trees with Spanish moss on them, hanging down from the limbs like long, gray beards.

kmcappello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I can think of a few literary devices present in these chapters, and maybe others can think of more.

Chapter 30 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn offers both a denouement to the plot line following the King and the Duke as well as a little bit of comic relief.  As they make their escape, the two continue to fight, convinced that the other was trying to steal the gold.

In Chapter 31, the climax of the novel occurs.  Huckleberry Finn comes to the realization that Jim is human, not just property.  Chapter 31 also offers a great example of irony: Huckleberry Finn becomes aware of Jim's humanity at the exact moment that he is captured and re-enslaved.

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